Boss Marshall content as Tyrer leads Fax rout

Steve Tyrer
Steve Tyrer

Halifax coach Richard Marshall lauded Steve Tyrer after the centre equalled the club’s 22 year old points-in-a-game record held by the former All Black John Schuster.

Tyrer’s late touchline conversion of James Saltonstall’s try, which set the seal on a thoroughly impressive 52-6 opening day Championship success, saw him equal Schuster’s 32 point haul from a Division One game at Doncaster in 1994.

A teenage Marshall, whose side now sit top of the formative league table on points difference ahead of Friday night’s trip to Sheffield, made his debut for Fax the following season and played and trained alongside Schuster until his departure in 1997.

“John was a fantastic player,” said Marshall, whose assistant coach, Steve Greenwood, was a replacement half back at Tattersfield that day.

“He’s up there as one of the best players I played with; he was an All Black and he had an aura about him that only the very best players have.

“I learned a lot playing alongside him as a young man and for Steve to replicate what he did and be talked about in the same vein as John is a great accolade for him.”

Tyrer’s haul was the product of a crushingly dominant team effort, with James Coyle’s visitors denied even the whiff of an upset as Marshall’s side dismantled their defences.

“We were tough and disciplined and organised, exactly what we’re aiming for,” said Marshall, who gave competitive debuts to centre Sam Smeaton, half back Gareth Moore and winger Will Sharp.

“If we had kept them to zero, it would have been better, but I’m being picky.

“I thought we scored some really nice tries, across the board.

“Steve was very good, a real quality player, and I was pleased with all the new boys.

“They all slotted into the system and did what we wanted them to.

“The hookers were good too, Ben Kaye played very well and Ryan Maneely picked us up when he came on.

“We’re playing a brand of rugby I enjoy watching, whether I’m coaching the team or just watching.

“It’s exciting to watch and that’s what we want.”