Halifax coach Karl Harrison is tipping a backlash from both teams ahead of Sunday’s Championship clash with Sheffield at the Shay (3.0).
Fax have now lost back to back fixtures against Featherstone and Batley - the latter to Vinny Finigan’s last-play try last weekend - while the Eagles, Grand Final winners for the last two years, were being stunned 24-18 at home by unfancied Barrow.
“Sheffield will be hurting and upset and will be raising their game and we will be doing exactly the same,” said Harrison, who was reviewing DVD footage of the Eagles’ performance against the Raiders before finalising his line up.
“Their result against Barrow was probably a shock, but I think the competition is very even this year and you will see more of those results as the seasons goes on.
“We have created enough chances to win our last two games, but for whatever reason it’s not quite coming off for us at the moment.
“I think the players have been at least as frustrated as the coaching staff and they’re determined to get it right.
“We’ve picked up the bonus points, which is something we didn’t do last year at Featherstone, but it means we need to start beating the teams at the top of the table, teams like Sheffield.
“We’re more than capable of doing that.”
Harrison hinted that both full back Ryan Fieldhouse and forward Adam Robinson were likely to return to the side this weekend after two week absences, while winger Rob Worrincy also has an outside chance of an ahead-of-schedule comeback from a leg injury.
“I think Fieldhouse has a good chance of playing and Robinson is definitely in contention,” said Harrison, who said next week’s Challenge Cup date with amateurs Hull Dockers was a more likely return date for injured centre Danny Cowling.
“Worrincy trained with us on Tuesday night, but we need to weigh up with the medical staff whether he’s ready or not.
“He’s got a chance, but next week might be more realistic for him.”