Halifax Panthers prop Murray believes work ethic at club is paying dividends

An enthused Dan Murray believes his team’s hard-fought victory over the York City Knights underlined the high-level of work ethic, grit and determination in the Halifax Panthers squad, writes Seb Sternik.

By Mark Berry
Friday, 27th May 2022, 11:51 am
Updated Friday, 27th May 2022, 11:53 am

The prop forward scored two tries during the 40-24 win away at York, and was quick to praise his teammates. He said: “First half, I was actually looking for my heart on the floor. They dug in for each other. When we went down to 11 men, it was backs against the wall stuff. Just shows the character of this team really and how hard we want to work for each other.

“First half we were pretty shot and under the pump. It just shows even when we have backs against the wall, we get back to a point and we settle it down, and then the back three work hard for each other, get us on the front foot. Credit one to 17 really.”

With the team now just two points away from third-placed York, Murray believes this is the time to pile on the pressure.

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Dan Murray was impressed by the grit shown by his Halifax Panthers team in the win at York City Knights last weekend. Picture: Simon Hall

He said: “York were four points clear before today and now they’re two. [We have to] put applied pressure on that top three, because that’s where we want to be at the minute.

“Apply pressure, [keep] knocking off the wins. In the end, thinking about us really, looking at our stuff. I know we played well today but it wasn’t perfect.”

The 26-year-old also had high praise for Fax’s army of fans. He added: “It brings me back to last year, first game with fans. They were rocking.

“And every away game they’re rocking. When we’re scoring and they’re all cheering, it gives us that little one percent. It gives us that little bit more energy to do it, and it worked today.”