Cahalane ready for first taste of Challenge Cup

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Halifax’s Australian prop Mitch Cahalane has described the sudden exit of his fellow countryman Matt Place as “unfortunate”.

Place, who played alongside Cahalane for NSW Cup side Mounties, flew back to Australia at the weekend after a little more than three months in England.

Fax cited ‘family reasons’ for his exit, with Cahalane admitting Fax never saw the best of the former Souths junior.

“Matt’s a quiet person and he’s made the right decision for him,” said Cahalane.

“It’s unfortunate; he struggled to adapt over here and we didn’t see his best football.

“We’ll move on from there now and I thought Ben Johnston went pretty well on Sunday, so we’ll be alright.

“Me and Adam (Tangata) love it here, we can’t say a bad word about the place, but I think it’s probably different for us.

“A half back has to lead the team around the field while we just have to do our job in the middle of the field.”

Cahalane is now looking forward to his first taste of Challenge Cup rugby at Barrow on Sunday (3.0), as Richard Marshall’s side look to warm up for the back to back trips to London and Bradford with a second consecutive win.

“It was good to get a win against Dewsbury at the weekend and get back on track,” said the front rower.

“It was a bit tense at times, but we stuck with it, played the full 80 minutes and finished pretty strong.

“We’d spoken about finishing the back end of the halves strongly and we got away with the win.

“We are trying to get a couple back to back now.

“I’m looking forward to Sunday; we don’t get the chance to play in cup competitions in Australia and I just want to help us get the win and take us into the next round.”