Leeds Corinthians 7
HALIFAX romped to what is believed to be a record score for the club as they ruthlessly exposed an under-strength Leeds Corinthians side who showed tremendous spirit.
This demonstration of combined speed, power and skill, albeit against lowly opposition, should inspire Halifax in their last game against Mosborough in two weeks time and in their endeavours in Yorkshire Four next season.
It took less than five minutes for Leeds Corinthians, who could only field 14 men, to establish the lead when weak defence allowed them to score and convert in quick style.
However, this apparent early flare was to prove illusory as Halifax, who had a number of experienced players missing, tested the opposition out and then proceeded to dominate as they proved too strong up front and too sharp and skilful outside.
Halifax hit back five minutes after the opening score when they drove the ball from the lineout and Paul Knapping’s pass to John Robertson on the left wing saw him strike from 60 metres.
Both wingmen had a field day as Robertson and Academy member Niall McSharry claimed hat-tricks. Robertson was his usual direct and purposeful self whilst McSharry excelled in a supply of good ball with which he could demonstrate his neat footwork and sharpness off the mark .
It was McSharry who scored the second try after Leeds had attempted to chip over but that attempt was intercepted by hooker Iain Morris. He off loaded to Knapping who fed the ball on to Nick Bell before McSharry outpaced the defenders for Bell to improve .
Corinthains were still in the contest as they enjoyed their best spell of the game, but from the half hour mark when McSharry registered his second try, Halifax proved irresistible.
By half time the score had rocketed to 43 -7 as a result of mounting dominance by the Ovenden Park side with tries from the ever industrious and combative Dwaine West, a second for Robertson and one each from Elliott Fletcher and Knapping. Bell converted four .
The second half turned into a procession as Halifax appeared to score every time they took possession of the ball.
Corinthains did not throw in the towel but they had no answers, particularly to the speed and skill of the Halifax three quarters
In consequence there were a further 10 tries from the home side with the completion of hat-tricks for Robertson and McSharry while Turner also secured a second half treble.
Skipper Tony Curtis weighed in with a try whilst impressive newcomer Charles Hyland and fellow back rower, Yorkshire under 19 player Ben Maxwell, contributed one try each. Bell and Knapping added the goals.
Halifax Dukes produced a good performance with some new and young players to beat Baildon 22-21.