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Halifax 32-46 Sheffield Eagles

Sheffield Eagles provided the perfect response after their 80-0 defeat to Bradford Bulls last weekend by beating Halifax 46-32 at The Shay. After the first 20 minutes of the match, Sheffield were 20-0 up thanks to tries from Rhys Jacks, Scott Wheeldon and Adam Neal as well as a penalty goal from Cory Aston. Another penalty from Aston extended the lead to 22 points before the impressive George Tyson barged over for Sheffield’s fourth try of the game. James Woodburn-Hall scored Halifax’s first four pointer of proceedings in the 32nd minute but Aston had the final say in the half thanks to a penalty goal which made the score 28-6 to the Eagles.

Chances of an Halifax comeback significantly improved thanks to Ed Barber and Brandon Moore, who both scored tries inside the first nine minutes of the second half. Aston settled the Sheffield ship with yet another penalty goal before Woodburn-Hall welcomed in the final quarter by registering his second score of the afternoon. Ten points was the difference between the two teams before Rob Worrincy struck a timely try on 64 minutes for the steel city side. Aston couldn’t convert and every point was proving crucial, especially when Woodburn-Hall completed his hat-trick just moments later. However, Garry Lo and Tyson both added tries for the Eagles in the dying embers to seal a brilliant victory for Sheffield. Tempers flared in the final minute, with Moore and Wheeldon both finishing the match off the pitch.

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.

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