Bradford Salem 12 Halifax Dukes 20
The commitment and effort shown by Halifax could not be faulted at Heaton as they triumphed by four tries to two.
Bolstered by two promising Academy players and other newcomers, Halifax set about the task in forceful mode as they enjoyed the advantage of the slope in the first half.
They had the upper hand up front with Craig Smith and veteran Kevin McLean to the fore and they took the lead in the 10th minute as they drove 18 metres before releasing scrum half Darren Emmerson for the score .
The exercise was repeated after 30 minutes – this time McLean being credited with the touch down. Immediately newcomer Cameron Aitchison, at hooker, caught the kick off and sprinted 60 metres to stretch the lead to 15—0.
Some ineffective tackling and ill discipline let Salem in for an unconverted try just before half time and they enjoyed their best period of pressure where a converted try reduced the lead to three points.
Halifax rallied and began their own assault on the home line. Ben Ogden, who had a commanding game in the line outtook the ball on the short side and powered over to seal the win.