Tigers hit by half-back crisis

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CASTLEFORD Tigers will go into Sunday’s Stobart Super League game at Hull Kingston Rovers without a specialist half-back.

Skipper Danny Orr (pictured) has been ruled out with a lower-back injury sustained in the Tigers’ 36-12 win over Widnes 10 days ago while Rangi Chase and Ryan McGoldrick are both suspended.

Chase has one match left of a three-game ban imposed for a tackle that broke Tangi Ropati’s jaw in Castleford’s Challenge Cup defeat at Featherstone while McGoldrick misses his first match of the season as he starts a two-match suspension handed out for illegal use of the forearm against the Vikings.

Millward has still to decide on his replacements and admits he could be tempted to give a Super League debut to 20-year-old Ben Johnson, who is currently playing on a dual registration with home-town Championship club York.

“We’ve spent a fair amount of time this week trying a few things,” he said. “We’ve called another session for tomorrow.

“We’d normally have Friday off for a Sunday game but we’re going to do a bit more ball work. We’re not sure what we’ll do. We’ve got a couple of options.

“It’s disappointing. We’re heading in the right direction and it would have been nice to have some specialist halves this week.”

Millward also has the option of giving a debut to Ryan Brierley, a half-back who is currently impressing on a dual registration with Leigh.

“We’re considering Ryan but we don’t think we’re going to do it this week,” said Millward.