Castleford Tigers: Banned Carney will miss Challenge Cup semi-final

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CASTLEFORD TIGERS coach Daryl Powell has put a brave face on the loss of two key players for Sunday’s sold-out Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final against said Widnes Vikings.

The RFL’s disciplinary panel banned winger Justin Carney for two games after he pleaded guilty to a Grade B dangerous throw on Thomas Minns in last weekend’s win over London Broncos.

And they rejected forward Weller Hauraki’s appeal against a similar suspension for reckless use of his knees in the recent draw at Hull.

Powell said: “We have a big squad for a reason, whether injuries or different situations like this one.

“Everyone is able to slot in and do a quality job. We are just trying to get on with what in front of us.

“We have got good cover for every position and that’s important. It is about the 17 players who take to the field.”

Of Carney, Powell said: “He is disappointed. It was a tackle he tried to get out of, but the mechanics of tackles at times makes it difficult.”

Jy Hitchcox scores the first of his two dramatic tries against Catalans Dragons last night. Picture: Matthew Merrick.

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