Harrison happy after Boxing Day success

Paul Handforth

Paul Handforth

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Halifax coach Karl Harrison gave his players the thumbs up after seeing them open their pre-season programme with a 42-16 Boxing Day success at Keighley.

Harrison, who debuted four new recruits, two trialists and a trio of unproven teenagers, saw his side score five late tries to complete a comfortable victory.

“In the end, I thought we had too much class and too much pace and that was reflected in the scoreline,” said the former Great Britain forward.

“It became a bit of a dog fight at one stage, which was our fault really; we were peeling off the tackle the wrong way and getting rightly penalised as a result.

“But hats off, I thought the boys looked strong defensively and held of a very physical Keighley team.

“I was pleased for the young boys; Brent Taylor, Niall Berrett, who got himself a nice try, and Iain Davies, who ran like 10 men.

“We had four or five teenagers on the field at the end, which is a good sign for us.

“All in all, it was a good day.”

Harrison’s side now have a week off ahead of their second warm up fixture, at Dewsbury on January 6.