Fairbank expecting a benchmark test

Elland coach Karl Fairbank is hoping for a better indication of his side’s 2013 prospects when they host Shaw Cross in Division Two of the National Conference tomorrow.

Elland took a point from a 6-6 draw at Castleford Panthers on the opening day, but Fairbank remains undecided on the value of the result.

“Honestly, they weren’t the greatest team you’ll ever see,” said the former Great Britain forward.

“You’re always pleased to get a point away from home, but I don’t think they expected to win and we had the chances to take the two points.

“We missed three kickable penalties, so on the day it was a point dropped for me.

“We defended pretty stoutly, but we looked rusty in attack; we had a couple of opportunities where the final pass went to no-one.

“Shaw Cross will be a better test for us, they were quite a decent team last season.

“We’ll be better for having had a game and we’re playing at home, which always gives players a little bit more confidence.”

Fairbank has changed Elland’s usual twice-a-week training schedule, adding a third and final session on Friday nights to try and sharpen his side’s game.

“It’s something we’re trying; just a 20 minute run through then the lads are watching the Super League game together,” he said.

“I just felt we weren’t doing enough.”