Bracek defied medical advice to face Bulldogs

Andy Bracek
Andy Bracek

Halifax forward Andy Bracek was warned he risked blindness if he played in last month’s Championship fixture at Batley.

The former Crusaders and Barrow player took the field in the televised 18-18 draw with the Bulldogs just four days after fracturing his cheekbone at York.

“I did it at York, but I wanted to play at Batley because it was such a big game,” admitted Bracek, who subsequently spent nearly a month on the sidelines while he waited for the injury to heal.

“I had the X-ray on the Thursday lunchtime and made the decision I was going to play.

“The doctor advised me not to play, because if I got a decent knock on it it could have pushed the bone into my eye or even my brain.

“It felt okay on the night, but because of what he said I thought it was better to have a couple of weeks rest once we’d got that game out of the way.

“It’s all healed nicely now.”

Bracek was firmly re-established in Karl Harrison’s side for the Easter programme and is likely to figure again when Oxford come to town in the Challenge Cup on Sunday (3.0).

And while last weekend ended on a mixed note with a scrappy second half performance in the 34-16 win at Doncaster, the prop or back rower was quick to highlight the positives.

“It felt like a loss; everyone was disappointed about that second 40 minutes,” said Bracek.

“But it says a lot that we felt like that after winning and it’s not a bad sign for us.

“We have set high standards for ourselves and we’re trying to maintain them.”