Ambler: Oxford game was crucial ahead of big tests

Luke Ambler (left)
Luke Ambler (left)

Halifax prop Luke Ambler has said it was vital he played in Sunday’s Challenge Cup win over Oxford as the Championship leaders prepare themselves for a crucial run of league action.

Fax face Leigh - the side that beat them three times last season - at the Shay on Sunday (3.0), with a trip to perennial rivals Featherstone on the agenda at the end of the month.

“I needed to play on Sunday to get ready for the games we have coming up,” said Ambler, who had missed four matches with a heel injury.

“It was good to blow the cobwebs away and test the foot out.

“It was a bit sore towards the end but I think that was inevitable.

“It was just nice to get a game.

“I felt good, felt fresh, so maybe the rest has done me good.

“I certainly felt more excited and nervous than I have done for a while, which is a good sign.”

Ambler is under no illusions about the importance of Sunday’s game, which will see Leigh hooker Sean Penkywicz return to the club he captained.

“It’s massive,” he said.

“They were our bogey team last year and they’ve got some dangerous players that we know all about in Penkywicz and Bob Beswick.

“But we’re 10 games unbeaten, and we want to keep that going now.

“We’re not getting carried away, we’re just looking at each game as it comes around and focusing on that.”