Fax win at Hull KR to get Marshall era underway

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Richard Marshall’s reign as Halifax coach began in the most promising of fashion with a dominant 46-16 pre season win at Super League side Hull KR.

Chris Chester’s hosts only fielded around half a dozen first team regulars, but there was still plenty to admire in the way Marshall’s side turned a 16-16 half time stalemate into crushing victory.

With new recruit Chris Taylor particularly impressive at centre, amid a clutch of strong individual performances, Fax did everything asked of them, without and without the ball.

They rarely looked like cracking in defence, while their attacking play - so maligned over the last couple of years - looked far sharper.

To put things into perspective, Fax only scored more than 40 points in Championship games three times during 2014.

They made a perfect start with winger Tommy Saxton stormed over in the corner after four minutes and they were over again six minutes later after a long run from hooker Ben Kaye, who looked a player transformed from last season, set up the position for Ben Heaton to score on the right.

Former Rovers player Scott Murrell converted from the sideline for a 10-0 lead that was cut to 10-6 when former England centre Kris Welham touched down and Keiran Dixon kicked the conversion.

Fax were over again just before the half hour with a determined effort from the ever-efficient Dane Manning, Murrell again on target to put his side 16-6 up.

Rovers had their best spell of the game going into half time, Dixon and Graeme Horne both touching down to give Rovers parity at the break.

But with the wind behind them in the second half, Fax were rarely troubled.

Marshall swapped half back pairings, Australian Matt Place and Paul Mennell replacing Murrell and Ben Johnston, but once Tyrer raced onto a perfect pass from Place to score eight minutes after the restart it was virtually one way traffic.

Taylor and Jack Spencer combined brilliantly to set up the returning Miles Greenwood in the left hand corner, before Luke Ambler charged over and Tyrer made it 34-16 with the conversion.

Taylor then scored himself, before Ambler rounded off a high quality team and individual effort with another close-range barge over, Tyrer maintaining his 100 per cent record with the boot.

Hull KR: Dixon; Guzdek, Welham, Salter, Holdstock; Marsh, Carlile; Netherton, Boubedza, Green, Donaldson, Horne, Burke. Subs: Esslemont, Aldous, Armstrong, Smith, Wake, Moran, Harris, Larroyer

Halifax: Greenwood; Saxton, Taylor, Heaton, Brown; Murrell, Johnston; Ambler, Kaye, Moore, Manning, Divorty, Bracek. Subs: Cahalane, Maneely, Mennell, Place, Saltonstall, Spencer, Tyrer, Robinson

Referee: Joe Cobb