‘Unbelievable’ 37 penalties in derby clash

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ONE of the main talking points after Saturday’s Castleford Tigers-Wakefield Wildcats derby in Cardiff was the performance of referee James Child (pictured) who awarded 37 penalties.

The Tigers won the penalty count 22-15 in a stop-start match in which three players were sin-binned.

Wakefield’s Sam Obst and Daryl Millard were shown yellow cards, along with Castleford centre Joe Arundel.

Castleford coach Terry Matterson was disappointment with the high number of penalties.

He said: “The game didn’t flow, it was frustrating and we need to find out why because I don’t think we are that indisciplined.

“We are working really hard to play by the law and I didn’t think we did that much wrong besides a couple of high shots. So I am scratching my head a little bit and that’s something I can’t afford to do at the minute.”

Wakefield boss John Kear said: “ 37 penalties is unbelievable. What are we watching?

“Is the philosophy of the RFL to have an entertaining game or not?

“I thought the two teams were magnificent with the entertainment value they provided given the restrictions that were imposed upon them.”