Bracek tips sparks to fly in crucial front row clash

Andy Bracek

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Halifax prop Andy Bracek has said Sunday’s top-of-the-table Championship showdown at Featherstone will be decided in the front row.

The Wales international expects the sparks to fly when Karl Harrison’s in-form pack collide with a Rovers line up that has reached three consecutive Grand Finals.

“It’s the biggest game this season so far,” said Bracek.

“We can trouble anyone when we’re playing well, so we just want to go out there and give a good account of ourselves.

“It’s some of the best forwards in the competition clashing, and the outcome of that battle is going to determine how well or how badly we do.

“It’s going to be a high quality game, and both sides have some great players out wide, but it will be won or lost in the middle of the park.”

Bracek produced the latest in a string of high quality performances as his former club Barrow - who he played for against Fax in the 2009 Grand Final during the reign of disgraced chairman Des Johnson - were dumped out of the Challenge Cup at the Shay last weekend.

“We could have done a bit better in the second half after being 30-0 up, but they came out firing a bit harder,” said Bracek,

“They’ve had some tough times and if you go back a couple of years they were in tatters after the previous regime left.

“It’s a good club with a lot of good people behind it.

“I think if they can stay up this year they have a good future to look forward to.”