HALIFAX coach Matt Calland watched his side book their place in the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a 76-6 win over Castleford Lock Lane yesterday and then insisted he could cram half-back trio Graham Holroyd, Ben Black and Danny Jones into the same matchday 17.
Thirty-five-year-old Holroyd kicked off his fourth spell with his hometown club against the National Conference amateurs, teaming up with Jones for the first time as Black, the drop goal hero of last autumn’s Grand Final win, took the weekend off.
And Calland said it wasn’t a done deal that one of the three would have to miss out when the Co-operative Championship kicks off in Toulouse next Saturday night.
“I thought Graham did well,” said Calland, who had a similar playmaking dilemma when departed duo Mick Govin and Mark Gleeson were competing for places with Black and current hookers Sean Penkywicz and Bob Beswick.
“He looked sharp, he’s keen and he’s got a new lease of life again, he will only get better from here on in.
“We’ve got three of them in the mix, so it’s good for keeping them on their toes, so we’ll have to see what happens next week now.
“I think we could (play all three together), depending on what the game is, but we will have to see.
“It’s going to be a week to week decision, horses for courses.”
In general, Calland got what he wanted against Lock Lane, with a place in the round four draw later this month and no injuries ahead of the trip to the south of France.
Miles Greenwood, Paul White, Rob Worrincy and Stephen Bannister all scored twice as Fax cut loose.
“These are always awkward games,” he said.
“Lock Lane battled away, but we’ve come through unscathed.
“We were a bit sloppy and a bit lazy at times, but we’ve got what we wanted.
“When there is so much space and people are scoring tries in places you wouldn’t normally score tries, it does make it difficult to maintain concentration.
“I think we are generally happy with where we are though.”
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