Harrison: Plenty more to come ahead of big tests

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Halifax boss Karl Harrison underlined his side’s potential for improvement after watching them book a Northern Rail Cup semi final date at Sheffield next month.

Fax cruised past Barrow in the quarter finals, winning 54-24 at the Shay with try doubles from half back Anthony Thackeray and back rower Adam Robinson.

That teed up a trip to the Steel City on the weekend of July 7/8. with Featherstone facing Leigh in the other semi final.

“First of all, it was a very good result,” said Harrison.

“Barrow made it tough and showed some nice touches and courage to keep coming back at us, but I always felt we had too much for them.

“At times, we didn’t respect the ball or the gameplan like we should have done, but we were making so many metres every time we carried the ball forward.

“We are in it to win it and it was never in doubt, that’s the main thing.

“We know we’ll need to improve on that for Sheffield, but there’s a massive improvement in this team.

“It’s a big few weeks coming up; with Dewsbury on Thursday, then Featherstone and now Sheffield.

“Sheffield are a well structured side with some high quality attacking players, it should be a great contest.”

Fax were a long way from perfect against the Raiders, but at times they looked irresistable with the ball, particularly in a generally slick second half.

“When it clicks, we have some nice football in us; we’ve got some skill, we’ve got plenty of pace and when we get it right we look the bees knees,” said Harrison.

“We still tend to overplay a little bit, which relieves pressure on teams rather than keeping it on them.

“There was a sequence in the first half when we were poor; there was a 14 set sequence at one stage and we only had nine tackles out of that.

“You can’t play like that and expect to do well, but we’re getting there.”