Harrison waits on Mennell, Adamson ahead of Challenge Cup

Luke Adamson
Luke Adamson

Halifax coach Karl Harrison is waiting on the fitness of playmaker Paul Mennell and back rower Luke Adamson before finalising his selection for Sunday’s Challenge Cup showdown with Widnes at the Shay (2.0).

Mennell, the former Batley half back or hooker, and Adamson, who featured at loose forward in Sunday’s 48-6 win over Doncaster, were both crocked as Fax climbed up to third in the Championship after thrashing the South Yorkshire side.

“Mennell has a bad dead leg, which meant he couldn’t train on Tuesday night,” said Harrison, who said rookie hooker Keith Holden or former Grand Final winning half back Simon Brown - who has missed the last two after being ousted by Scott Murrell and Ben Johnston - could come into the equation.

“Adamson trained, but still couldn’t do contact; at this stage, I’d say he is more likely to make it.”

The final quandary is whether or not Fax will play on-loan Featherstone wingman Tommy Saxton, with Harrison - who has Wayne Reittie on standby - understood to be discussing the situation with Saxton’s parent club.

Harrison is relishing the chance to pit his coaching skills against his former GB teammate Denis Betts, and hopes Sunday’s game - Fax’s first meeting with a Super League team since 2011 - can spark the club’s season.

“We haven’t had the chance to play a top flight team since I came back here two years ago,” said Harrison. “I hope it can be a catalyst to kick start some interest and enthusiasm for the club.”