An absolutely crucial match at The Shay on Sunday as Halifax take on Featherstone Rovers. Fax will be licking their wounds after a big loss to Leigh Centurions last weekend while Featherstone have the wind in their sails following an important victory over Batley Bulldogs.

Last Time Out 

Halifax were defeated 58-18 at the hands of Leigh Centurions. The West Yorkshire club were 34-6 down at half-time after Ben Johnston scored the only try of the first period for Fax. Cory Paterson, Lee Smith, Adam Higson, Greg Worthington, Josh Drinkwater and Andrew Dixon all touched down for Leigh. After the interval, Smith and Johnston both doubled their respective tallies before Will Sharp notched the visitors’ third score of the contest. However, after Sharp’s try, the Centurions rallied and finished the match with three tries without reply. Dixon, Fuifui Moimoi and Liam Kay rounded off a great day for their side as they all registered four pointers.

Featherstone Rovers kept their top four hopes alive with a 34-6 win against Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. The visitors were 10-0 ahead at half-time thanks to an Andy Bostock try and two penalty goals from the boot of Kyle Briggs. After the break, Featherstone scored four tries in just over ten minutes to end the game as a contest. Briggs, Ian Hardman, Ashton Golding and Michael Channing were the try-scorers and the Bulldogs could only post a response late on in the game through Chris Ulugia. Near enough a perfect performance by the Rovers.

Key Battle 

Halifax have beat Featherstone in both matches they’ve played against each other this season. The work of prop forwards Mitch Cahalane and Adam Tangata cannot be underestimated in those victories as the Fax pack really got to grips with their opposite number. However, in a match of this magnitude, it’d be surprising to see a result like the one at the Summer Bash when Halifax blew Featherstone out of the water. The Rovers front-row of Andy Bostock and Jordan Baldwinson will know what they have to contend with this weekend, and the interchange bench will be vital too. Anthony Mullally is not in the Leeds squad for their match with Wigan so Featherstone may opt to select the former Batley man for Sunday’s tie.

Prediction 

What a match this could turn out to be! A potential humdinger between two of the division’s most talented part-time sides. Richard Marshall’s men will be desperate to secure their place in the Qualifiers for the second season running while Featherstone, who missed out last year, will be wanting to make amends –Featherstone by 6