Harrison: Rovers have set the early benchmark

Karl Harrison
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Halifax coach Karl Harrison conceded his side have work to do after they slipped to a 30-12 pre-season loss at Featherstone on Sunday.

Fax dominated the opening 15 minutes at Post Office Road, leading 6-0 after an early try from skipper Scott Murrell.

But they trailed 18-12 at the break before slipping further off the pace in the last 15 minutes against a Rovers side bossed by Harrison’s former Batley charge Gareth Moore.

“It was a tough game, an old fashioned game and the ground was a bit of factor again,” said Harrison, who lost wingers Josh Casey and Wayne Reittie with leg injuries in the first five minutes of the second half.

“But the best team won, the best player on the field was Gareth Moore and Featherstone have set the standard for us.

“But we’re still nearly a month away from the start of the season and we know what we have to do.

“We need to find some fluency and continuity but we also need to earn the right to play.

“I thought our discipline was poor at times, especially early in the tackle count.

“When you concede five penalties on play one in their 10 metre area, you cannot build any pressure.

“We were gifting them field position and you cannot do that.

“I don’t think you should over-read the results of these games.

“Yes, we’re in a win/lose business, but it’s not the be all and end all at this time of year.”