Tigers boss ‘felt sorry’ for Hauraki after dismissal at Hull

Weller Hauraki was sent off in Friday night's match.
Weller Hauraki was sent off in Friday night's match.

Friday night’s Super League clash between Hull FC and Castleford Tigers at the KC Stadium was marred by a 26-man brawl.

The game, which Hull won 52-0, turned ugly after 50 minutes as both sides showed their boxing skills.

Referee Steve Ganson sent off Hull’s Danny Tickle and Castleford’s Weller Hauraki, while sin-binning Justin Carney (Tigers) and Mark O’Meley (Hull).

Castleford coach Ian Millward said: “I felt sorry for Weller. He (Tickle) has hit him twice. What is he supposed to do, just stand there and get a broken nose and a broken cheekbone? I don’t understand that one, the interpretations are interesting and that’s for both sides.”

Hull coach Peter Gentle admitted there will be players sweating over the official review of the brawl.

Gentle said: “When the match review committee have a look at it, I think there will be a few people who will be quite nervous, not all our players. I was impressed how they stuck together and it was good to see them unite.”