Tyrer happy to put the boot in

Steve Tyrer
Steve Tyrer

Steve Tyrer believes he is close to his best kicking form after booting Halifax to victory over Sheffield Eagles ahead of Sunday’s Co-operative Championship clash with York.

Tyrer’s immaculate four-from-four, including two crucial second half efforts off the left hand touchline, proved crucial in last weekend’s 30-26 win over Sheffield Eagles.

Both sides scored five tries, but Eagles marksman Simon Brown could only convert three of the visitors scores, allowing Fax to snatch the points in the dying minutes to maintain the pressure on league leaders Featherstone.

“It’s going well,” confirmed Tyrer, who has only managed to wrest the kicking job back from fellow centre Lee Paterson in the last month.

“I had a bad start to the season as far as goal-kicking was concerned, Pato was going really well and then when he went off the boil I’d been practicing a bit and was able to step in.

“At the moment, I’d say I am close to my best.

“You just have to put everything to the back of your mind, go through your routine, concentrate on your technique and get them kicked.”

Tyrer also believes that Fax’s hit and miss performance - which boss Karl Harrison attributed to the comedown from the Northern Rail Cup win over Featherstone - was perfectly normal.

“It’s a case of needs must in terms of preparation after games like that,” said Tyrer, who experienced the phenomenon during the early years of his career with Super League giants St Helens.

“I missed out on playing in a lot of finals at Saints, but I was in and around that system for long enough to know what it’s like.

“You expend a lot of energy in a final and it makes it feel like it’s been a long week; it’s a case of getting through that next game any way you can.

“Now that we’ve done that, and against one of the top sides as well, we just need to keep going.

“We’ll plod on now, try and get a win against York next weekend and take it from there.”