Halifax 34 Stanley Rodillians 7
Halifax overcame a determined Rodillians side to post a comfortable friendly win over their Yorkshire Five opponents.
Halifax may have been lulled into a false sense of confidence by their sharp opening which saw good hands set up Academy player Elliott Hoyle to go over in the corner after five minutes.
This seemed to rouse Rods who began to show their enthusiasm by winning the contest up front, being sharper to the breakdown and more committed.
Their three quarters spread the ball wide but handling errors spoiled things when in a threatening position.
Halifax contributed to their problems by losing possession and offending, and paid the price after 20 minutes as Rods, from a scrum, created a yawning gap on the right and put seven points on the board.
Halifax were galvanised into more purposeful action and as the half closed they established dominance. First Gareth Matthews made clever use of the ball to score and, straight from the kick off, a strong break by Toby Turner set up Stephen Jones on the right wing, Turner’s conversion taking the half time score to 17—7.
Halifax continued in this brighter fashion and Luke Sturman and Clive Smith ensured a plentiful supply of lineout ball and the backs started to show some flair and incision.
Dean Cotton showed his power as he powered over from a driven maul, Turner converted, after which Rods should have scored but were held up well by Halifax over the line and then dropped the ball with an open line beckoning.
Stephen Simpson, back in the team after an enforced break, showed up well from fullback and Matthews and Turner had power which Rods could not cope with.
Their combined efforts, alongsidew Mark Walton, led to a second try for Jones, and on the final whistle Matthews broke clear and made 30 metres to touchdown.