Harrison: We showed grit to clinch Cougars win

Jack Spencer
Jack Spencer
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Halifax coach Karl Harrison praised his side’s resilience in the wake of Sunday’s crucial Championship win at Keighley, but admits they must add attacking fluency to their list of qualities over the second half of the season.

Fax triumphed 28-14 at Cougar Park against a home side containing nine ex-Fax players, keeping them fourth on the league ladder, just four points behind second-placed Featherstone.

The result looked in doubt midway through the second period as the Cougars piled on the pressure, but Harrison’s under-fire side - who had led 12-6 at the break - rallied impressively to clinch victory with late tries from Luke Ambler and Paul Mennell.

“It was tough; Keighley threw everything bar the kitchen sink at us,” said Harrison, who gave a debut to the former England winger Peter Fox..

“We made it hard for ourselves in the second half, not getting to the end of the yardage sets and getting a kick away.

“We gave them field position but some of the last ditch tackles we came up with, and the defence on our line, was magnificent.

“When we got a chance to play in the right part of the field, we scored a couple of nice tries to take the game away from them.

“We showed great character; you can see the effort is there, the desire is there and the players work ever so hard for each other.

“We’ve not found that fluency and consistency over the first half of the season, but we’re starting the second half of the year now in a decent position and hopefully we can find that over the next few months.”

Harrison picked out a crucial tackle by the underrated utility player Callum Casey, who dragged Paul White into touch 10 metres from his own line to set up the position for Ambler’s try, as a major turning point.

“Callum has found it hard to get in the team consistently, but he played big minutes and he played well,” he said.

“That was a crucial moment in the game.”