Halifax prop Andy Bracek has put the club’s tendency to concede late tries down to “habit” rather than physical fitness ahead of Sunday’s Championship fixture against Dewsbury at the Shay (3.0).
Fax have leaked points in the final 10 minutes of their last two crushing wins against Whitehaven and Swinton, with no risk that either lapse would prove costly.
But it has been a recurring theme in 2014, with the late scores shipped in games at Batley and Dewsbury costing the Karl Harrison’s side three precious league points.
“It’s a habit; towards the end when we have game sewn up - or think we have - we drop off a little bit and let a couple of tries in,” said Bracek.
“It’s a bad thing and it’s something we can’t afford against the top teams.
“It’s mental, we just put our swords down when we get in front and it’s something we need to fix up.
“It’s definitely not a physical thing; I think we’re probably one of the fittest teams in the Championship.
“We’re fit and strong, it’s more an attitude we need to address.”
The recent hot weather has inflated scorelines across the Championship, creating fatigue and gaps in defences.
Unusually for a player who defends in the middle of the field though, Bracek admits he prefers the fast games of high summer.
“I prefer it when it’s dry and hot,” he said.
“You can’t whinge when the weather is like that.
“It’s hard for the big players in the middle, but it’s one of those things and it’s the same for both teams.
“When it’s that hot, I think it’s probably hard for the little guys too.
“Personally, it allows me to use my feet and speed a bit more; I’m not the biggest prop and that makes things a lot better for me.”