Castleford coach frustrated by match officials

Castleford Tigers head coach Ian Millward
Castleford Tigers head coach Ian Millward

Castleford head coach Ian Millward was left frustrated by the performance of referee James Child and his assistants after his team’s 17-17 draw with Catalan Dragons at the Wish Communications Stadium.

Child left the field to boos from home fans at the end of each half after several controversial decisions went the French team’s way.

Cas had two “tries” disallowed and were denied a penalty for a high tackle on Weller Hauraki late in the game which left the player with a suspected broken nose and would have given the Tigers a big chance to clinch a close contest.

Several further high shots were missed by the referee and while Millward stopped short of outright criticism of the officials he was clearly unhappy, especially on the back of Rangi Chase being banned for two games and controversial decisions by ref Steve Ganson at Bradford last week.

In his after match conference he said: “What about last week? Let’s go back to that. The referee we had got dropped to the Championship: Keighley versus Swinton.

“Do you think that should be something that should be done to referees if they don’t ref up to standard?

“They do that in football, sometimes they stand them down. But we can’t stand too many down because we don’t have a lot.

“I wish you didn’t have to interview me. You should be allowed the luxury of interviewing not only the coaches, but a player here now and maybe an official because I’m not allowed to ask questions.

“I reckon that would be great if you guys could ask some questions because I’m not allowed.

“They say things even up, but when is that?

“I represented Rangi Chase at the hearing and it’s the last time I will go because I obviously don’t know anything.”