Rugby union: Another key clash in Halifax's bid to climb

New Halifax coach Ian Clarke is unlikely to make major changes as his side face a second successive clash with one of their fellow Yorkshire Four strugglers.

Having given themselves some breathing space with a battling 12-7 win over Marist last time out, Halifax will welcome Stanley Rodilians to Ovenden Park looking to pull further clear of the relegation places.

Clarke, though, will probably stick with the bulk of last week's team even though Jimmy Moore, Iain Morris and Doug Dennison are pushing for places in the squad.

That means skipper Tony Curtis is likely to continue at No 8 with fellow back Sam Lukonde also remaining in the pack at open side flanker.

Halifax overcame Rodilians earlier in the season by 39-38 with the last kick of the game, but only after throwing away a 28-7 lead. Another close encounter is expected.

Halifax will hold a minute's silence before the match in memory of Katie Elvidge, the wife of long-serving flanker Nick Elvidge who sadly lost her battle against cancer this month. Both families will be present at the game, with the players donning black armbands and wearing the club's pink change strip in recognition of cancer charities.