Returning Chase told not to change tackle technique by Millward

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Castleford coach Ian Millward insists returning England star Rangi Chase has no need to alter his tackle technique.

The reigning Man of Steel plays against Wakefield this lunchtime in his first game since completing a three-match ban for striking.

Stand-off Chase’s reckless tackle broke Featherstone Rovers’ Tangi Ropati’s jaw in two places and left the Samoan winger out of action for three months.

The controversial incident has stirred up plenty of passion and debate with some critics feeling the robust shoulder-charge style was dangerous, intentional and should be outlawed.

Chase accepted his guilt and Millward admitted: “He made contact with an opposing head.

“They’re the rules but I never thought there was intent or that it was malicious.

“If you look at his hands they’re by his side, his feet are together and he launches and connects with his shoulder but the rules are if you make any contact with the head.

“There was no maliciousness or intent so it’s definitely not a case of Rangi having to change how he plays.

“But it will be interesting to see how a lot of things go at the moment; you can’t say it was a soft or a hard hit to the head, it’s just a touch to the head.

“It’ll be interesting to see how some players get viewed down the track.

“It’s something they’re trying to ban in Australia because if you get it wrong it can cause you harm and the opposition player harm.

“Every coach wants a player to have shoulder contact but if you get it wrong it’s not pretty.”

Chase’s return is welcome given dire Castleford’s embarrassing 70-12 record Super League defeat at Hull KR last Sunday.

Captain Danny Orr is also back from injury to add further creativity but Millward is wary of putting too much immediate pressure on Chase to galvanise his erring side.

“He hasn’t played a Super League game since Wakefield on Good Friday and has been out for six weeks,” he said, the Maori having been rested against St Helens on Easter Monday before their Challenge Cup exit at Featherstone meant Tigers have also had two blank weekends since.

“He’s been a long time out and his partner had a baby on Sunday so I don’t know how he’ll be.

“But Wakefield was one of our best performances and everything was moving forward back then. It just goes to show.

“We’re looking forward to having him and Danny back as these next couple of games are important to us if we want to make the play-offs.

“Wakefield are on six points; we’re on eight. We’ve got to push forward and win the next few.

“These next few weeks are really crucial for us, no doubt.”