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.
“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.”