Brown rejects Dragons claims over tackling

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Nathan Brown, the Huddersfield coach, has hit back at the Catalan Dragons' criticism of his side's technique in the tackle by accusing them of trying to pressurise the referee for tonight's play-off game between the two sides at the Galpharm Stadium.

The Catalans' coach, Kevin Walters, has claimed Huddersfield follow the illegal practice of wrestling holds to slow down the game at the play-the-ball. "I'm aware of what Kevin has been saying and I'd be very disappointed if a referee as experienced as Steve Ganson was in any way influenced," Brown said. "We are a team that practises and plays to the rules."

For the play-off semi-final against the Dragons he has recalled Scott Moore and Keith Mason to his squad after a two-match club suspension for missing training after the Challenge Cup final. David Faiumu and Jamahl Lolesi are also included after injuries kept them out of last weekend's defeat at St Helens, while Jamal Fakir is back in the Dragons' plans for the game.

Castleford have released Chris Feather, Ryan Boyle and Ryan Clayton, who have all appeared in Super League this season.

Halifax qualified to meet Barrow in the Championship Grand Final on 4 October by beating Featherstone Rovers 36-30 last night.