Halifax Panthers 47 London Broncos 14 - Halifax begin Championship season in scintillating fashion
Halifax Panthers opened their Championship season in perfect fashion on Good Friday, putting the London Broncos to the sword at the Shay.
The Panthers scored eight tries, with Connor Robinson converting seven from eight goal attempts.
The match was barely four minutes old when Eliot Morris skipped past two tackles to score under the posts, and hand his side the perfect start.
The London side struggled to get any rhythm against a buoyant Fax team, and a second try followed soon after. Liam Harris burst through from midfield, beating a tackle to go over in front of the posts.
The hosts showed no signs of slowing down the scoring, with a Broncos error giving the Panthers another set of six in the attacking zone, with Ed Barber crossing the whitewash for the first of two scores.
Whilst Halifax were dominant, the Broncos got on the board when miscommunication allowed Abbas Miski to sneak in at the corner.
Tempers flared shortly before the interval, with both Jacob Fairbank and a Broncos player being sent to the sin bin for an off the ball incident.
Despite strong Broncos pressure before the hooter, the Panthers defence held firm.
The second half began in similar fashion, with Halifax dominant from the whistle. Barber went over for his second following a Broncos knock on to open up a four-try advantage.
The scoring continued at breathless pace, with Misti going over for his second after the Panthers gave away a penalty deep in their defensive zone.
On 55 minutes, debutant Zak McComb showed dazzling feet to skip over the line, drawing celebrations from team-mates and staff alike.
McComb’s try was added to by Fairbank and Grix, with the latter assisted by McComb to cap a stunning Panthers debut.
Whilst the Broncos scored with an interception late on, the Panthers would have the final say, with a McGrath score and a Robinson drop goal sealing a convincing win.