Sheffield Eagles were dominated by Halifax in their Kingstone Press Championship round 16 match at The Shay. The hosts were 60-22 winners after notching ten converted tries, with six of those coming from Gareth Moore and Matt Sarsfield. Sheffield went into half-time 24-4 down and it took their opponents two minutes to get on the scoreboard courtesy of Adam Tangata. Tyrer was successful with the conversion attempt but the Eagles responded in quick fashion. Ben Blackmore picked up a loose ball and ran the length of the field to cut into the deficit. Cory Aston was wide of the mark with the conversion attempt. Two tries from Moore and one from Sarsfield gave Halifax a lengthy lead at the interval, helped by the fact Tyrer was on target with all of his efforts from the tee.
As was the case at the start of the match, Halifax only needed a couple of minutes to register their first points of the half. Will Sharp was the beneficiary of a Rob Worrincy error and any sort of comeback from the Eagles looked to be disappearing by the minute. Tyrer converted. Unfortunately for Mark Aston’s side, Halifax kept the pressure on and two tries in as many minutes from Sarsfield meant the Salford loanee had completed his hat-trick and the hosts had got to the 40 point mark. Sheffield did fight back for a short time and they registered two tries in the process. Matty James and Ryan Millar were the try-scorers but Fax soon woke up and got back to basics. Miles Greenwood was next over the whitewash for the West Yorkshire outfit and, if things weren’t sour enough for the visitors, Scott Wheeldon was sin-binned straight after the four pointer had been scored. Two more tries followed for Fax in the final quarter. Moore and Jacob Fairbank both crossed the Eagles whitewash before Blackmore notched a consolation effort for a Sheffield side who are really lacking in confidence.
Prediction – Halifax by 14
Result – Halifax by 38