Halifax coach Karl Harrison confirmed he gave his side a half-time dressing down as they powered to a 70-6 Challenge Cup win over Hull Dockers on Sunday.
Fax led the National Conference Premier Division side by a modest 22-6 at half time at Hull KR’s Craven Park ground, having played the first 40 minutes at what looked like training pace.
But Harrison’s words hit home after the break, with comeback winger Rob Worrincy finishing with five tries as the visitors racked up 48 unanswered points.
“I thought some of us turned up with a bit of a weak attitude and we let ourselves down in that first 40 minutes,” said Harrison, whose side will now join the Super League clubs in Tuesday’s fourth round draw.
“There were a few words said at half time and you saw the response.
“We opened up in the second half and we looked pretty good at times.
“I’m not being rude to Hull Dockers, who played pretty well, but it was a game we were always going to win and when we got going we showed that we could hurt them when we wanted to.
“Overall, we won comfortably which is what we set out to do.
“We’ll see what the next round brings.”
Worrincy’s was the eye catching performance, with the speedster marking his return from a quadricep tear with a mix of blistering running and basic errors.
“Rob did some really poor stuff and some really good stuff,” said Harrison.
“Overall, he did okay for his first game back, because he’s missed a lot of football and a chunk of pre season.
“I thought Tony Tonks was great too; he was our first interchange front row and he came on, lifted the standard of the team and played 60 minutes straight.
“That’s a big effort for him and he will benefit from that.”