Sheriffe: Fax will be battle-hardened

Rikki Sheriffe scores the winning try against York
Rikki Sheriffe scores the winning try against York

Halifax threequarter Rikki Sheriffe believes Sunday’s Championship dogfight with York was the perfect preparation for Wednesday night’s league fixture at Leigh.

Fax, who had gone more than a fortnight without a game since losing to title rivals Featherstone, edged home 18-16 against the Knights, with Sheriffe scoring the winning try midway through the second half.

“I think it’s set us up for the Leigh game; it was a tough, close match,” said Sheriffe, who told Courier Sport last month he was still hoping to earn a new deal for 2014.

“For me, that’s a better preparation than a big win with a lot of points.

“We had to dig in deep and they tested us.

“After the Featherstone loss, it was probably what we needed.

“I think it will be good for us, but we’ll find out for sure at Leigh.”

Sheriffe’s appearance, in place of Steve Tyrer in the centre, ended a long wait for a recall after the former Bradford and London back recovered from a calf injury.

“It’s been a long time, eight or nine weeks, since I last played,” said Sheriffe.

“There are six league games to go now and everyone is fighting for a spot.

“You’ve got to do your best to play week in, week out.

“I don’t think I’ve done myself any harm, and I’d be quietly confident of keeping my place on Wednesday, but you don’t know what the coaching staff are thinking.

“I could play centre, wing, full back, who knows?”