Quarter final is a chance Fax simply must take

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HALIFAX, like most other teams, are no strangers to form slumps.

In each of the last two seasons, Fax have endured a five-game losing streak.

In 2009, it came in July and August. In 2010, it was at exactly this time of year.

And yet, on both occasions, they ended the year with a Grand Final appearance.

Which is why, as yet, there is no need to start hitting the panic button despite the champions’ one-point-from-nine start to the Co-operative Championship season.

Fax have certainly made life difficult, but there is no way of knowing how the next six months will play out.

What they must do is break the sequence sooner rather than later.

And while in ‘09 and ‘10 the fixture list delivered a couple of soft landings - at relegation-haunted Leigh two seasons ago and at home against an awful Toulouse line up last Easter - beyond tonight’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final in the south of France there is only potential pain on the horizon, with the unbeaten Centurions and Widnes next on the Championship agenda.

Which makes tonight the night for Fax.

The French side looked eminently beatable when they edged out Fax in France less than a month ago, an impression confirmed by their results since then.

Victory would bring a precious place in the last four. But the confidence it might yield could prove even more important.