Halifax must meet “fire with fire” if they want to win at Featherstone on Sunday, according to their former Rovers prop Tony Tonks.
Karl Harrison’s side were comfortably distanced by Rovers in a pre-season fixture in January, slipping off the pace after dominating the opening quarter.
And Tonks, the dominant figure in Rovers’ pack before moving to Fax via a brief spell with Huddersfield, almost two years ago, is in no doubt about the size of the task facing the visitors.
“We need to be a lot better; play the conditions and get the timing right in attack,” said Tonks.
“We took the game to them early on last time, but you need to front up for 80 minutes.
“They’re a great team and they like to look after their own back garden.
“They always play big and tough at Post Office Road, the forwards always front up and you need to fight fire with fire.
“If you don’t do that, you’re not going to win at there, it’s as simple as that.”
Tonks is in encouraging form ahead of his Rovers return, turning in two high quality spells in the 28-18 opening day win over Swinton.
“I set some goals and one of them was to get a good pre season and make a good start,” said Tonks.
“I’ll be 29 this year and I want to do something in my career before I turn 30..
“When you get to 30, you’re soon 32, 33 and that’s the time when you start wondering how many more years you have left in you.
“I’m just trying to set myself some standards at the moment to build on.”