Halifax claim friendly honours

Stanley Rodillians 17 Halifax 29

Halifax used a free weekend from Yorkshire Four action to renew rivalries with Stanley Rodillians in a friendly encounter.

Halifax chose to play down the slope in the first half and it took only a few minutes for them to open their account, prop Stephen Taylor driving over from close range for Toby Turner to convert.

Halifax, orchestrated by the improving Joe Gallagher, began to dominate with some telling running by their young backs and it was not long before Ben Maxwell broke through the middle and gave a great inside pass to Turner who scored and was easily able to convert.

Rods put Halifax under pressure but in the 30th. minute, and against the run of play, Gallagher, Sturman and Turner combined with pace and precision following a scrum to get Karl Copeland clean away on the right for an unopposed try. Rods, however, resumed their pressure and in a 10 minute period prior to half time scored two tries, the first from close in and the second via their very pacy right winger.

Halifax were again subjected to considerable pressure early in the second half, especially when Rods dominated a scrummage near the line and pushed Halifax back to score with an easy conversion to make it 19-17.

Halifax regrouped and Mark Walton took the blind side and, combining with Turner and Tallis, established a firm position well inside the Rods half. The pressure paid dividends when Rods were penalised andTurner duly obliged with the kick.

Halifax continued to dominate with the odd attack coming from the home team. Gallagher found a good touch on the right and although Rods won the lineout they dropped the ball allowing Sturman to pick and drive. Luke Hamby drove on and Wayne Beverley capitalised with the final try again converted by Turner.