Lacklustre Halifax doubled by Corinthians

Tony Curtis

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Leeds Corinthians 19 Halifax 5

Halifax suffered a Yorkshire Four double at the hands of Corninthians on a day marked by a strong wind blowing directly across the field and which played a significant part in the proceedings.

Corninthians used the conditions to far better effect and escaped from some precarious positions with some highly speculative but profitable hacks up the middle as well as some judiciously placed kicks both for relief and attack.

Craig Heppenstall scythed through on the blind side from a scrum to put Halifax ahead after just five minutes.

However, while Halifax enjoyed a good supply of ball and tried to let the three quarters run free, such was the quality of the home defence that the ball seldom travelled to the wings and the lack of support at the breakdown led to a growing sense of frustration.

Corninthians converted the first of four penalty goals after which the visitors drove over the line on two occasions but were adjudged not to have grounded the ball - Tony Curtis suffering the same decision late in the second half.

Halifax enjoyed sustained periods of pressure on the home line in both halves but without breaching a robust and determined defence.

Halifax also defended well but the decisive factor was the terrier like tackling of the hosts.