Kingstone Press Round 15 Match Preview: Workington Town V Halifax

Phil Vievers may not be the happiest man in Rugby League but he must have a smile on his face at the moment after turning his sides fortunes around with comprehensive victory over Doncaster and then a comeback victory over in the derby game over Whitehaven last time out down at the Summer Bash. Despite defeat last time out against the Bradford Bulls, Fax coach was proud of his sides effort and said the scoreline did not reflect the match and believed his side were good in defence.

    Last time out

It was two Saturday games for these sides at the Summer bash, Workington took on Whitehaven and despite being 18-0 down late on in the first half, a Jarrad Stack try a few minutes before the break seemed to breathe some life into the town side. They were dominant in attack and defence in the second half restricting Haven to one penalty goal in the second half as they ran in 20 points to secure the third victory over their near neighbours this season.

Fax took on the Bulls in the closing encounter of day 1, it was a tight full blooded match with the Bulls edging it scoring two of their three tries in the final 5 minutes of the first half to go in with a 12-0 lead. The second half was a even tighter affair with no points being scored in the final quarter which is where the Bulls side have ended up blowing sides away so far this season. Only the one try on the day didn’t help Fax especially after scoring ten against Whitehaven, the match before.

Key Battle
Both sides have a big forward pack and their hookers will be looking to build yards on back of that, Graeme Mattinson for Town and Ben Kaye for Fax are very classy hookers who like to scoot and make quick yards for their respective sides. A shorter pitch at The Zebra Claims Stadium may make this battle even more key to who gets the victory

Despite the Cumbrian’s recent upturn in fortunes the victories have came from teams around them and won’t be able to get away with the start they give to Haven last week, Fax have been inconsistent at times this season having a 50% record winning 7 so far this season. But three of them victories have come away from home. – Fax by 16.

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