Wales forward Andy Bracek has identified the raw enthusiasm that accounted for Dewsbury at the weekend as a key factor in the remainder of Halifax’s Championship season.
Bracek and his teammates - who are without a fixture this weekend before returning to the Shay against Whitehaven on July 7 - were in impressive form against the Rams, dominating the game at a venue where they had already slipped up twice in 2013.
“We knew we had to go there full of enthusiasm, because that was all that beat us in those other games,” said Bracek.
“The bottom line was that they just ran harder and tackled harder than us on those days.
“We needed to come up and match them and we did that.
“Our defence was a lot more intense and on the back of that players like Scott Murrell and Anthony Thackeray tore them to pieces.
“We just need to keep playing that way now; it’s up to us.
“When we lose, and without taking anything away from the teams that have beaten us like Sheffield and Featherstone, a lot of the time it’s our fault.
“I’m confident that if we can play well, we will give anyone a run for their money between now and the end of the year.”
Sunday was Bracek’s first appearance since the confirmation he had signed a new two year deal with Fax, cementing his future following last winter’s move from Championship One side Barrow.
“I am just really pleased to have got it signed and sealed,” he said.
“I did my knee at Barrow at the end of my contract a few years ago and it messed my life up because I didn’t have anything to fall back on financially.
“When you’ve been through that, to get your future sorted at a club like Halifax is great news.
“I can focus on the rest of this year now, play offs, then the World Cup with Wales.
“Beyond that, I’ve got some stability so I can get my head on and concentrate on my game.”