Harrison happy as Fax show true colours

FAX coach Karl Harrison kept an admirable lid on his emotions after watching his side demolish Featherstone 60-12 in a one-sided Co-operative Championship clash at Post Office Road.

The victory meant that Fax have now opened up a one point lead at the top of the table and the result will surely make the other leading lights in the competition sit up and take notice.

Harrison has too much respect to rub Daryl Powell and his players’ noses in it after such a commanding performance. However, the former Great Britain prop was still bristling with delight after the final whistle while insisting his side had gained their due rewards.

“We were ruthless at times - clinical even - and it was very pleasing to watch,” said Harrison. “I thought we kept our discipline really well and stuck to the gameplan.

“We were the superior team out there today, we cut out our mistakes ratio, played the conditions better than Featherstone and gained our due rewards.

“The conditions certainly suited us better - they were a lot faster, a lot drier. Last weekend we played in a monsoon, to be fair, and that did drag us down a bit.”

Harrison believed that this level of performance was coming after they had looked the better side in their 19-18 golden point defeat at Leigh in the Challenge Cup seven days earlier.

“I think last week we were the better team against Leigh but came away with nothing. I thought against Featherstone we dominated and that is very pleasing.”

Fax might have been forgiven for thinking they would be up against it when they fell behind to Micky Haley’s second minute try.

However, Fax raised their game to the extent that they looked nailed on winners when holding a 36-12 lead at the break.

Harrison knew Rovers would try to strike back immediately in the second half but his players responded to the threat and made sure it never materialised.

“I told the players that the first 10 minutes of the second half were going to be vital because Featherstone were going to be right up in our faces,” he said.

“But again we kept our discipline and our shape and built on the confidence we had taken from the first half to prevent them from getting a foothold.”

Fax ran in 10 tries in total, including a first half hat-trick from Rovers old boy Ross Divorty, with Lee Paterson securing a 100 per cent kicking return including a coupe of toughies from the touchline.

“It is always nice to come back and make an impact against your former employer and Ross did just that,” added Harrison.

“We have plenty of goalkickers in the team such as Steve Tyrer and Paul Handforth but Lee has got the shot at the moment and he is doing really well.”