Harrison: We need to keep winning

Halifax coach Karl Harrison aims to bring his trophy-winning side “back down to earth” ahead of Sunday’s league date with Sheffield Eagles.

Harrison’s players returned to training on Wednesday after beating arch rivals Featherstone Rovers in last weekend’s Northern Rail Cup final.

And the former Test prop is well aware of the potential for falling flat against the South Yorkshire side, who can move above Fax with victory at the Shay.

“It’s the game after the big game, isn’t it?,” said Harrison, who watched his side come from 18-4 down against the Eagles to win their NRC semi final at the Don Valley Stadium.

“You don’t have to look too far back in the record books to see how difficult those are, but we need to get out there and get the win.

“Sheffield will be smarting and they will also think we’ve used all our energy.

“It’s the job of the coaching staff this week to bring the boys back down to earth and get them ready to play.

“If Sheffield win, they pass us on the ladder and we don’t want that to happen.”

Sunday’s game marks the start of the final four weeks of Fax’s league season, with York and Batley due at the Shay and a trip to Leigh also on the agenda.

“We’re playing three of the top four, so it’s a pretty tough run in,” said Harrison.

“The good thing is that playing those games will give us the intensity we need for play off rugby.

“If we get the points we need, we’ll be ready for the sharp end of the season.”

Harrison admitted there could be “some” changes to the side that played at Bloomfield Road - prop Tony Tonks seems likely to squeeze into the team somewhere - although winger Wayne Reittie is the only confirmed injury doubt.

“I don’t think Wayne will play,” said Harrison.

“He got a bang on his shoulder quite early on which probably had an impact on his performance, although he still did okay.

“We’ve got Paul White as a direct replacement though, so it’s not a problem.”