Harrison happy with Fax’s French connection

Halifax boss Karl Harrison was enthusiastic about his side’s performance in the heat of the South of France.

“That was a really useful experience for us as a team, and for me to have a good look at some of the younger lads in the squad,” said the former Great Britain prop.

“We played really well at times out there and young Josh Barlow and Ian Davies I thought were outstanding tonight.”

Harrison reserved particular praise for Sam Barlow who had an absolute stormer of a game and was man of the match by a good margin.

“We tried to give Sam some serious game time here and really hoped that he would be able to do the full 80 minutes,” said Harrison.

“As it was the hour that he put in was out of the top drawer.

“His awareness of the game plan created space for our half backs to play.”

Harrison said that he thought that Halifax played the game with a great deal of respect.

“We looked to put a strong team out here and give it a good go,” said Harrison, who now takes his side to Keighley next Sunday in the Co-operative Championship.

“We had a basic game plan which we had to juggle a little with the weather conditions, but we stuck to what we wanted to do.

“Our ball retention was very good and we resisted the temptation to start chucking it about. “We wanted to show how to build pressure on a team, and our execution of that was first class.”

“This is now an important part of the season for us. We are top of the table on merit and will be approaching the coming weeks in good shape.”