Halifax coach Karl Harrison credited a try-saving chase from winger Rob Worrincy as the decisive factor after his side opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Co-operative Championship by beating Dewsbury.
Fax ran out 34-24 winners at Rams Stadium, with three tries in the last 10 minutes from Adam Robinson, Anthony Bowman and Sean Penkywicz finally extinguishing the home side’s challenge.
But it was Worrincy’s impressive 80 metre dash back to deny opposite number Austin Buchanan what had seemed a nailed-on touchdown with 17 minutes remaining that Harrison reckoned had tipped the balance.
“I told the players they all owe Rob a protein drink because I think he won the game for us,” said Harrison, whose side had been trailing 24-18 when Buchanan picked off a loose pass deep in Rams’ territory.
“If they had scored then, I don’t think we would have come back because I think the energy they would have gained from going two scores up would have been too much at that stage.
“Rob wasn’t having his best game, I thought our backfield players were poor in general, but he showed great commitment, speed and athleticism to get back and make a tackle he probably had no right to make.
“Overall, I thought we made it hard for ourselves
“I thought at times when we held the ball and played the plan we had put in place, we made easy metres after easy metres.
“But you have to give Dewsbury credit; they put some good defence in and plenty of energy and enthusiasm.
“I thought in the last 10 minutes, when we were chasing the game, we looked at our most composed.
“We got a good result though and that’s what champion teams are made of; going away from home, doing it tough and still coming away with the win.
“It’s not the first time we’ve done that this year and I think that shows great character.”
The visitors played the second 40 minutes with just 15 fit players after the loss of back rower Ross Divorty and centre James Haley.
Divorty left the ground on crutches with a foot problem, while there were fears Haley had injured the shoulder he had reconstructed last winter.
“We lost Haley and Divorty before half time so we had four props rotating, which isn’t the best way to play, but we got through it,” said Harrison.
“It’s too early to say how bad the injuries are; we’ll know more in the next few days.”