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RugbyL: Castleford reacting well to Chase ban -- Millward


Castleford coach Ian Millward claims the Tigers have shown they can cope without their star stand-off Rangi Chase as they prepare to welcome Catalan Dragons in their next Super League fixture.

The 2011 Man of Steel, who joined Castleford from St George for the 2009 season, will serve the second of his two-game ban for the visits of the Dragons on Sunday for a reckless shoulder charge on Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker.

The shoulder charge has since been banned by the Rugby Football League, after the International Federation extended a worldwide ban, but Millward's sole focus is on getting the Tigers back to winning ways after a 38-12 defeat by Bradford Bulls last weekend.

"The boys tried very, very hard (against Bradford) and I was quite impressed," said Millward.

"If they can keep that attitude up and just keep getting used to playing with each other and refining a few things, there will be some good days ahead.

"Losing Rangi before the game, and losing Gareth O'Brien after five minutes didn't help, but I thought it was a great contest at Bradford and there was nothing between the two teams, which was encouraging.

"There was plenty of controversy out of the game. But what it did do was give us great heart. Everyone tried hard and did a good job and we look to take that forward now."

Meanwhile, Hull FC coach Peter Gentle is hoping the blossoming partnership between Daniel Holdsworth and Richard Horne continues on Saturday against Warrington Wolves.

Holdsworth, who had a three-year spell with Canterbury in the National Rugby League, was a pivotal figure as the Black and Whites came back to earn a 22-22 draw against St Helens last weekend.

And former West Tigers assistant Gentle is relishing seeing him in action again.

"Daniel is a calming influence on this team," he said.

"He has a couple of good allies in the two hookers -- Danny Houghton and Aaron Heremaia -- as well as Richard Horne and Shannon McDonnell.

"His work off the ball is pretty special too and he's settling in to our side. We are working hard towards getting our combinations going but it's coming and we are going OK."

Ahead of St Helens' clash with Bradford Bulls on Saturday, coach Nathan Brown admits he is still getting to grips with life at the Saints after taking the reins at the start of the season.

Brown's last job, in the NRL, was as St George head coach in 2008 before a stint with Huddersfield Giants was brought to an end mid-way through last season.

But following an indifferent start at Langtree Park this season, which has yielded a loss, a defeat and a draw, Brown claims he has still got some tweaking to do.

"The effort is good but we need to do some things consistently better," he said.

"From a coaching point of view, I have picked up some things that I may have thought are now not quite right for this group of personnel, so we have to do things a little bit different.

"That's a part of learning about your personnel."



Bradford v St Helens (1400GMT), Hull FC v Warrington (1745GMT)

Sunday (1530GMT unless otherwise stated):

Castleford v Catalan Dragons, Salford v Hull KR (1815GMT), Wakefield v Huddersfield, Wigan v London Broncos (1500GMT)