Boss Harrison wants Fax to be better

Karl Harrison
Karl Harrison

Halifax coach Karl Harrison admitted he had been frustrated by aspects of his side’s performance in Sunday’s 34-22 Championship win over Swinton.

Fax, shorn of forwards Ross Divorty and Andy Bracek through injury and with several players including captain Scott Murrell playing with injuries, led 16-10 at the break before easing clear in the third quarter.

But Harrison was far from satisfied, even though his side remain hot on the heels of leaders Featherstone, who they trail by a single point.

“It was another frustrating performance,” said the former Test prop, who named half back Anthony Thackeray at hooker but had vice captain Paul Handforth on dummy half duty for most of the game.

“You can see things that are about to happen, and that should happen, and then don’t.

“In that first half alone, we bombed four tries with some poor skill and poor decisions.

“In the first 10 minutes of the second half, we played straight and direct and showed we will cause teams issues.

“In the end, we won at a canter, it’s just that some of the performance was disappointing.

“We are playing within ourselves, there’s no doubt about that; there’s another three or four levels we can jump.

“We’re criticising ourselves, and we’ve room for improvement, but I think if we look at the big picture we can still be reasonably satisfied with how we’re progressing.”

Harrison made several tactical changes, notably with youngster Anthony Bowman replacing the axed Steve Tyrer in the centre.

Bowman, who began his career as a stand off, ran the ball strongly in a nip-and-tuck duel with Swinton’s Warrington threequarter Rhys Williams.

“Bowman did okay, he was a bit naive in defence in the first half but was a lot better in the second,” said Harrison.

“Rhys Williams is a handful. He’s a Super League player and I thought Anthony handled him pretty well.

“I thought Murrell was good again, despite struggling with his groin, and our big men all went well.”