HALIFAX will have to win a Grand Final rematch with Featherstone Rovers at Post Office Road if they want to make it to July’s Northern Rail Cup final.
The clubs were paired together in last night’s last-four draw, with current Championship high-flyers Leigh hosting relatively unfancied Dewsbury in the other tie.
Unsurprisingly, Fax’s game will be screened live on Sky on Thursday, June 16.
Fax edged out Rovers in last September’s title-decider, but lost their other three games against Daryl Powell’s in 2010, including two 40-point away losses.
Matt Calland’s side also crashed 32-20 at the Shay last month, squandering a 20-12 interval lead.
“Whatever draw we got was going to be tough,” said Calland, who is preparing to take on the unbeaten Centurions in Sunday’s Championship showdown at the Shay.
“It’s the last four of the competition and if you want to get to Blackpool and win it you are going to have to beat the best teams.
“Games between us and Featherstone have all been big ones over the last year or so, but this one is going to be massive.
“It’s quite a long way off at the moment so we can’t get too distracted by it.”
Calland was due to name a squad to face Leigh later today.
The former Bradford back confirmed that centre Dylan Nash was likely to be included in his initial selection after a month-long absence with a knee injury.
“Dylan’s had a full week’s training and he seems to have come through okay,” said Calland.
Featherstone were far too strong for 2009 Grand Final winners Barrow in last night’s televised league encounter at Post Office Road, running out 48-12 winners.
HALIFAX’S under 23s endured a miserable night at Leigh Sports Village, crashing to a 44-6 loss against the Centurions’ second-string.
Martin Gonzalez’s side, who lost key duo Josh Barlow and Anthony Bowman with injuries, trailed 34-0 at the break.
Stuart Proctor scored a last minute consolation try, converted by Mark Goodman.
Hull have completed the signing of former Wigan centre Martin Gleeson.
The 30-year-old has signed an 18-month contract with the Black and Whites, taking him to the end of the 2012 season, less than a fortnight after being released by the Super League champions.