Not pretty but professional: That was Halifax coach Karl Harrison’s assessment of his side’s stunning play off win at Sheffield on Friday night.
Fax triumphed 21-6 at a rain soaked Don Valley Stadium, tearing up the form book to close to within 80 minutes of the Championship Grand Final.
Harrison’s team will now have home advantage when they play again in a fortnight’s time, a game that could also be against Mark Aston’s reigning champions.
“It wasn’t a pretty game to watch and the conditions affected the style of the game,” said Harrison, whose side engineered a 0-0 half time stalemate before pulling clear in the closing stages.
“But I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance.
“The balls they are using this year are not great in the wet and there weren’t many fluid passing movements, but I thought our go forward was excellent and we were extremely strong defensively against their key players.
“We kept it very tight in that first half because we’d talked about taking energy out of their big men, exhausting them.
“We got the rewards for that in the last 10 minutes.
“I’m pleased for the guys because they have worked extremely hard.
“We’ve got a week off now to patch up some bodies before the next game, which could be against Sheffield as well.”