Rugby League - Carney targets struggling Saints

Castleford's blockbusting winger Justin Carney is set to take his frustration out on struggling St Helens when he makes his return from a third ban of the season on Sunday.

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Rugby League - Carney targets struggling Saints

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Justin Carney has missed seven Super League games through suspension this season

The powerfully-built Australian, who prefers to go through defenders rather than around them, agreed to improve his tackling technique after missing seven matches of his debut Super League season through suspension but insists he will not be changing his running style.

"I didn't think I was a dirty player - at all - and I'm not going to change the way that I play, it's just my tackling technique that I have to fix up," Carney said.

"It's been a rollercoaster this year with suspensions but I've just got to put my head down and concentrate on my game.

"When I first started I got into a bit of trouble and it's kind of crept back into my game. I've just got to wipe it out completely. It's just stupid things like that that can let the side down."

The Tigers have won their last two matches, with replacement James Clare scoring tries in both, and Carney feared it might be difficult to force his way back into a side rejuvenated since the arrival of new coach Daryl Powell.

"I am pretty surprised actually that I am back in," he said. "That's why I'm probably a bit more nervous than usual - because the boys have been performing good without me - but that's a good thing I think.

"It's been very frustrating, not so much in the last couple of weeks because we've been getting wins, but when we haven't been performing as well as we could, it was very frustrating being on the sidelines. I felt a bit responsible for letting the side down."

In Sunday's other games, Hull FC welcome third-placed Huddersfield to the KC Stadium, while Hull KR are hoping a sickness bug eases in time for their match against Salford at MS3 Craven Park.

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