Castleford coach Daryl Powell believes there was no intent in Jesse Sene-Lefao’s challenge that saw him dismissed from the field last night.

Sene-Lefao was shown the red card after appearing to drop his knees on prone Wigan attacker Oliver Partington.

But Powell told the post-match press conference: “Knowing what he’s like, there’s no intent in there.

“I’m not sure he intended to do it and I’m not sure he made contact; I thought his knee hit the floor.

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“Jesse is a Godly man. He prays every minute he can. There’s not an awful lot of malice in him.”

The Tigers were beaten 26-8 and must now rely on St Helens beating Hull FC tomorrow to retain their spot in the play-offs.

Powell added: “Our kicking game was poor and we looked disorganised for too much of the game.

“Clearly we are going to have to be better than that – and we do have potential to be a whole lot better than that.

“Hopefully we can get another opportunity. It’s a big game for Hull tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”