Coach Karl Harrison believes captain Scott Murrell is on his way to attaining “cult” status at Halifax, just six months after joining the club.
The 27 year old former Hull KR playmaker, who spent seven seasons in Super League with the Robins before arriving at the Shay last winter, was brilliant again as Fax demolished Barrow 52-6 in the Challenge Cup on Sunday.
Murrell scored two tries himself, set up several more and looked dangerous every time he touched the ball as Fax bagged a place in Monday’s last 16 draw (3.30).
“Scott was very good, very good again,” purred Harrison, who takes his table-topping outfit to Featherstone for a Championship blockbuster next Sunday (3.0).
“He’s been a quality signing; not just on the field but on the training ground and around the club.
“He’s a likeable chap and people look up to him.
“His pass is good and his kicking game is probably the best in the competition at the moment.
“That’s an accolade that Liam Finn has had for the last few years, but Scott is right up there with him.
“He’s on his way to becoming a bit of a cult figure.”
Fax, led out by 1987 Lance Todd Trophy winner Graham Eadie, were far from a one-man show though; Murrell’s half back partner Anthony Thackeray and full back Ryan Fieldhouse also weighing in with doubles as the home side roared into a 30-0 lead after half an hour to end the match as a contest.
“Overall, I was really pleased; I thought some of the tries we scored in that first half were sensational,” said Harrison, who rested winger Rob Worrincy, centre Steve Tyrer and hooker Paul Handforth.
“We took our foot off the gas a little at the start of the second half and that was disappointing.
“We’d spoken about killing them off, really kicking on, because it was an opportunity to run up a big score.
“Credit to Barrow, I thought they asked questions and never gave up, all game.
“We just want someone we can compete with in the next round and hopefully generate some money for the club.”
Harrison’s only injury concerns were back rowers Ross Divorty (shoulder) and Dane Manning (ankle).