Millward: We can win without Rangi

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CASTLEFORD Tigers are missing suspended star man Rangi Chase, but are learning to cope without their Man of Steel, according to head coach Ian Millward.

Cas were able to beat Widnes 36-12 on Monday without their stand-off and want to avoid being over-reliant on Chase.

Millward (pictured) said: “We’re trying to change our structure so it’s not all dependent on Rangi Chase. It has at times been a Rangi ball game.

“But this win’s got to give people some confidence that we can win without him.

“We had plenty of confidence when we played St Helens without Rangi when we had seven or eight regulars out and a draw would probably have been a fair result.

“I think we evolved as a team on that day without Rangi, but keep in mind he was Man of Steel and he is pivotal to our execution getting us across the tryline.

“With some space out there (against Widnes) I thought he could have had a ball.

“It’s like if Andrew Johns was out of a team or Jonathan Thurston or someone like that, as much as you’d like to say the other guiys do a good job, we sorely miss him.

“Rangi’s a terrific player and he’s going to be out six weeks with the suspension because of the way the games drop.

“We’ll get him back in the coming weeks and we’ve got a real chance now to get some confidence back and hopefully get on a roll like we did when we just got beat by Hull, beat Hull KR, beat Wakefield and have a good performance against Saints. Hopefully I can regenerate that.”