Eagles’ Henderson wary of Penky threat

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Sheffield hooker Andrew Henderson has identified Halifax number nine Sean Penkywicz as the major threat to his side in tomorrow night’s Northern Rail Cup semi final at the Don Valley Stadium (7.30).

Henderson, the Eagles’ vastly experienced Australian, was at the Shay last week to see Karl Harrison’s side humbled 24-4 by Featherstone Rovers in league action.

But he believes Fax - and specifically Penkywicz - still represent dangerous opponents in the race for a place in the NRC final at Blackpool at the end of this month.

“Halifax were well and truly outplayed last week,” said Henderson.

“They lacked go forward and weren’t clinical but they will be working on that this week and we’re warned.

“I’ve played against Penkywicz for a number of years and he offers a lot for Halifax, a lot of their play revolves around him.

“What Halifax do really well is they all push and support well.

“A lot of their play runs off the half-backs Anthony Thackeray and Paul Handforth but it all revolves around Penkywicz.

“As soon as they win the collision they go for the quick play the ball and he’s out picking up the ball and he’s a very dangerous player.

“He’ll give a lot of options, a very clever player with vision and skill - he’s definitely a threat in attack.

“He (Penkywicz) won’t be thinking about me but Halifax will be doing like we do looking at the strengths of the opposition and the weaknesses and then formulate game plans.

“Penky will be aware of me as a player and what I can do but he’ll be more focused on his own performance and delivering a good one for Halifax. That’s what I’ll be doing for Sheffield.”