Castleford Tigers: Boss Lee Radford comments on George Lawler ban ahead of Challenge Cup trip to Hull KR

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Castleford Tigers coach Lee Radford says he can accept forward George Lawler’s three-match ban, but wants to see more consistency in the RFL’s judiciary process.

Lawler was charged by the match review panel with a grade C dangerous throw in Castleford’s win over Toulouse Olympique last week.

He will miss Friday’s Betfred Challenge Cup quarter-final at his former club Hull KR and Tigers’ Easter derbies against Wakefield Trinity and Leeds Rhinos.

“I can accept the ban,” Radford said.

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George Lawler is tackled during Tigers' win over Toulouse last week. Picture by John Clifton/ Lawler is tackled during Tigers' win over Toulouse last week. Picture by John Clifton/
George Lawler is tackled during Tigers' win over Toulouse last week. Picture by John Clifton/

“You just look for consistency when you’ve seen some others that have not been punished as heavily.

“That’s my only frustration; if it’s a spear tackle and that’s what the ban’s for, that’s fine, but it just disappoints you when you find others in other games, when you are previewing opposition teams.”

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“But you go to an independent judiciary and they’d say it probably should have been, so there wasn’t much of an argument there.”

Daniel Smith. Picture by Allan McKenzie/ Smith. Picture by Allan McKenzie/
Daniel Smith. Picture by Allan McKenzie/

Lawler joined Tigers from Hull KR in pre-season, but was also suspended for the Betfred Super League game at Craven Park in February.

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Radford added: “He will get to play them one day, for sure.”

The good news for Tigers is the potential return of fellow front-rower Daniel Smith, who missed the Toulouse game because of a calf muscle injury. Radford said: “I think it was a grade two, he is there or thereabouts.

“I think he has done enough to come back into the squad.”

Meanwhile, Radford revealed long-term casualty Sosaia Feki has made “some progress” and is in light training. Calf and knee injuries restricted him to less than half a game in 2020 and he missed the whole of 2021 after rupturing an Achilles.

Radford said: “We are on the field and he’s running around it, so that’s definitely a start. It’s too early to put a timescale on it [Feki’s return]. We want to try and put a pre-season into him, to put some durability there and some foundations that get him through the season.”

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