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Powell: Dragons must tidy up

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has branded Catalan Dragons "pretty poor" after the foul play displayed in Sunday's Super League showdown.

The Tigers boss has called for the Perpignan-based side to clean up their act after Julian Bousquet and Olivier Elima both received four-match bans in consecutive weeks.

Powell was left seething after a "cannonball" tackle from prop Julian Bousquet on Tigers full-back Jordan Tansey, which he claims could have ended his career.

The Rugby Football League, who on the eve of the Super League season had ordered a clampdown on players throwing themselves at the legs of opponents who are stood up in the tackle, have given Bousquet a four-match ban for the challenge on Tansey.

"It was a pretty horrendous tackle," Powell said. "He's fired himself into Tansey's legs. There is just no place for that in the game.

"He's a big man to be firing in tackles like that. It was unbelievably dangerous, it needs to be taken out of the game.

"Jordan is not too bad thankfully but something like that can finish your career, going in that hard on the side of your legs. He's been pretty lucky."

Naughtiness

Bousquet's disciplinary came just a week after team-mate Elima was given a four-match ban for twisting the legs of Hull hooker Aaron Heremaia during the Dragons' opening match of the season.

"There is a little bit of naughtiness in there," Powell added. "It was a shocking tackle by Elima.

"I know their coach was talking about getting an even share of the disciplinary but I think there's a couple of things from them that have been pretty poor. They need to tidy them up pretty quick I'd say."

Last season Bousquet served a four-match ban for an illegal shoulder charge and team-mate Zeb Tai was given a three-match suspension for a similar offence.

The suspensions are a further blow for Frayssinous, who will be depleted for the visit of Leeds to Perpignan on Friday night with scrum-half Scott Dureau and winger Damien Cardace also unavailable through injury as they seek their first win of the campaign.