Coach Karl Harrison is confident his players will stand up to be counted when Fax travel to Sheffield for a Challenge Cup fifth round clash tonight.
Harrison labelled his side’s display in the 56-30 victory against Barrow at the Shay last weekend as “soft”.
However, with Sheffield certain to provide a far sterner test than the Raiders, plus the added incentive of snaring a potentially lucrative tie in the next round, the former Great Britain forward is anticipating a step up in intensity.
“The players know they were soft against Barrow and they are very keen to address that,” said Harrison.
“They have shown they are up for it in training. They want to put what went wrong on Sunday right.
“Also, reaching the last 16 of the Challenge Cup is incentive enough for anybody.
“Although tonight’s game will be an exciting one between two teams who play attractivce rugby, with it being on a Friday night it will probably mean a smallish crowd.
“However, if we can come through there is a strong possibility of drawing a Super League club and that would be good for everybody at Halifax.”
Games between Fax and Sheffield are traditionally intense affairs and Harrison expects tonight’s clash to carry on in that tradition.
“Sheffield are a very good team,” added Harrison. “They are very well coached and there is a lot of explosion in the side.
“There isn’t one area of the pitch where you can say the game can be won because both sides have plenty of strength all over the park.”
Harrison is pleased that he has strength in depth with a number of injury issues to address before he can name his side.
“There are players who will be having late fitness tests, but we do have the quality and strength in depth to come in,” said Harrison.
“Luke Adamson has definitely broken his hand while Rob Worrincy could be one of those to come back in.”
Forward Iain Morrison had been tipped to make his eagerly-awaited return to first team action after a lengthy spell out injured against Barrow.
However, Harrison opted to leave him out of the squad and has confirmed that Morrison will not be involved tonight either as he was continuing his rehablilitation with a run out for the under 20s last night.