Heaton: Fax can still come good against Rovers

Halifax can turn it around
Halifax can turn it around
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Halifax centre Ben Heaton has insisted the Shay side still have confidence in their to beat Championship leaders Featherstone, but acknowledged they need to make a stellar improvement if they are to overcome the three-time Grand Finalists.

Fax were humbled 30-16 last Thursday, a loss that followed on from a 40-18 reverse at Post Office Road in April.

Rovers moved to the top of the league ladder as a consequence, while Fax dropped to third, with a four point buffer over chasers Leigh and Batley.

But Heaton insists that if the teams meet again in the play offs, Fax can turn the tables.

“The belief is there,” he said.

“If anything I think that sometimes we are a bit over-confident, a bit too keen.

“There’s no lack of ability, but we need to play a lot smarter.

“We’ve got the players to do it, but we need to play with more brains than we did on Thursday.

“You can’t throw loose offloads and give penalties away against Featherstone; they will just march you up the field and it’s very difficult to defend set after set on your line against them.

“They’re too good a team to do that and they will punish you.

“We need to learn those lessons.”