Castleford Tigers: Gale is okay following hospital tests on injury

Luke Gale.
Luke Gale.
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HALF-BACK Luke Gale has been cleared of serious injury after being hurt in Castleford Tigers’ 44-6 home defeat by Warrington Wolves two days ago.

Gale played on after an alleged late challenge by Ben Westwood, but then had to be substituted and was taken to hospital.

He was detained overnight, but relieved coach Daryl Powell said: “His CT scan has come back normal, so he should be all right.”

The incident, which Powell described as a “really bad challenge” was not penalised by match referee Phil Bentham.

Westwood has been charged with Grade B reckless striking with a shoulder/arm after the incident was studied by the RFL’s match review panel. He faces a ban of up to two games if found guilty.

Meanwhile, Powell remains confident Tigers can make an impact in the Super-8s, despite Sunday’s defeat. They finished fifth in the First Utility Super League table and will begin the new seven-game mini-campaign two points outside the play-off zone.

“We were terrible,” Powell admitted of the performance against Warrington. “The challenge for us is going to be against the better teams every week. We didn’t handle that at all at the weekend. There’s some work to be done in terms of our mentality moving forward, but we will regroup for the new competition and put that pretty dismal effort behind us.”

Catalans Dragons’ Ben Garcia was charged with a Grade A dangerous throw on Leeds Rhinos’ Kylie Leuluai and has avoided a ban after submitting an early guilty plea.