Halifax centre Steve Tyrer has pin-pointed the pre-season loss at Dewsbury as the day he lost his fight for inclusion in last week’s Championship opener against Sheffield.
Tyrer - along with prop Sam Barlow - watched the 18-10 win over the Eagles from the stands after failing to make the cut for boss Karl Harrison’s first competitive side of the season.
And Tyrer, who started all three of the club’s pre-season fixtures only to lose out to Lee Paterson when it mattered, knows where he went wrong.
“I think I was really poor in the second game at Dewsbury,” said Tyrer.
“Everyone was a bit sluggish at Keighley on Boxing Day, but maybe I had had a bit too much turkey then too.
“In the end you can talk about it all you want, but I’ve started slowly and I’ve been punished for it.
“I was very disappointed, because the first game always feels like one of the most important of the year and not to play in it was tough.
“With it being the first game I did wonder whether I would get the rub of the green and get away with it a little bit.
“But Karl made his decision and his decision is what counts.”
Round two will see Fax on the road to Workington on Sunday, with Tyrer intent on forcing his way back into the side at training this week.
“I will be back, and hopefully this weekend,” said the former St Helens junior.
“I am not planning on being an 18th man again this year.
“When I get a shirt, I will make sure I take my chance.
“Whoever plays though, we have to go up there and work hard and make sure we get the three points.”