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Castleford Tigers boss issues a verdict about controversial “loop” fixtures

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell

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Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has stated that ditching controversial “loop” fixtures is the “obvious” way of getting the season completed.

Betfred Super League’s 29-round regular season includes six extra games when teams play some others a third time.

However, the campaign was suspended after round seven last month due to coronavirus crisis and a restart date has not yet been confirmed.

The options that will be considered by the Rugby Football and Super League, are expected to include scheduling regular midweek matches, moving the Coral Challenge Cup final back to October and staging the title decider in November.

Powell has stated that the return date is pivotal, however thinks that a 22-game season is the best way forward.

“It’s the timescales that are most important,” he said.

“If we don’t start back until July that will dictate it a bit. We have got the luxury of the loop fixtures and there’s an argument around them anyway. I think that would be the obvious one.

“There’s also the Challenge Cup; I think you’d want that to go ahead if you could. Whether it [the final] is played somewhere else or not you’d like that to be in the calendar.

“The loop fixtures are the obvious ones, it makes it a fair competition anyway so that’s what I’d go with.”

Source- Yorkshire Post

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