Kingstone Press Match Review – Halifax 38 Sheffield Eagles 10

Well I called this one to be the tightest fixture of the round with both sides fighting to keep hold and secure their places in their top 4. But Fax playing back at the Shay after being on the road at Cougar Park last week made better of the second half conditions.

It was the Eagles that crossed first as they scored in just the 6th minute as Kyle Briggs crossed, he converted his own try. Fax hit back soon after through the experience winger Tommy Saxton as Eagles full back QLT spilt the ball and Saxton just fell on the ball to score. The score was 6-4 and the score stayed that way as neither side could get on top. That was until the final 5 minutes of the half, Fax scored two tries through Ben Heaton and Dane Manning. Mark Aston will have been disappointed with his side conceding two tries so close to half time.

Fax scored just two minutes into the second half as the rain begin to fall on the newly laid turf at the Shay. Manning crossed for his second after a Ben Johnstone grubber landed beautifully for Manning to go over next to the posts. Fax were now looking to steamroll the Eagles and carried on piling the pressure as they had back to back sets on their opponents line. Eagles defence stood firm and they scored next. Mitch Stringer crossed as he proved be too powerful to stop from only 5 yards out. 20-10 as Briggs missed the conversion and it was looking game on if the Eagles scored next. They didn’t and they also didn’t score again.

Fax scored three more tries as Ben Kaye and then Connor Robinson scored his first and second tries for Halifax put the game far out of the reach for Eagles and probably have the game a more distorted look than it should have. This was Halifax’s sixth straight victory and they look to be the form team as they moved into fourth and will hoping to be their if not higher at the end of the month.

Prediction – Fax by 4

Result – Fax by 28

Jordan Weir

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