Clinical Fax storm to victory at Featherstone

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Halifax breathed life into their challenge for a top-four Championship finish with a clinical 44-20 win at Featherstone Rovers.

Richard Marshall’s side, marshalled by half backs Scott Murrell and Danny Craven, stormed into a 26-4 half time lead and never looked like being overhauled, despite a Rovers comeback of sorts.

The visitors had made a perfect start, Saxton touching down in the left corner after a towering bomb from Murrell was left unclaimed.

Tyrer kicked the conversion from the sideline for a 6-0 lead, although Rovers were level after 13 minutes when Will Sharp raced on to Gareth Moore’s grubber kick.

The conversion went wide for a 6-4 scoreline and Fax’s response was instant, piling on the pressure at the other end and Saxton scoring a second after three successive penalties.

Tyrer converted for 4-12, and when Rovers lost Luke Cooper to the sin bin for persistent offending around the ruck, the visitors really turned the screw.

Gareth Potts scored from Murrell’s grubber kick before Tyrer put Saxton over for a 30-minute hat trick, Tyrer converting the first for a 22-4 lead.

Potts then added his second after Ben Heaton had torned the defence to shreds down the right flank as Halifax went to the break with a commanding 26-4 lead.

The visitors started the second half strongly, almost scoring through half back Danny Craven before conceding a try to Rovers’ Alex Foster, Sykes narrowing the deficit to 26-10 with the conversion.

Rovers were over again when Gareth Moore scored from his own bomb, Sykes’ conversion putting the contest back in the melting pot at 26-16.

But Tyrer put Craven over in the corner, before adding a try himself from a Ben Johnston kick.

Rovers scrambled another try through Ian Hardman, but it was the visitors who were the dominant side on the night, Potts completing his treble with three minutes to go and Craven rounding things off almost on the hooter.

Featherstone: Hitchcox; Blackmore, Hardman, Minns, Sharp; Sykes, Moore; Baldwinson, Ellis Carvell, Cording, Foster, Spears. Subs: Teasdale, England, Verlinden, Cooper

Halifax: Saltonstall; Potts, Heaton, Tyrer, Saxton; Murrell, Craven; Tangata, Kaye, Cahalane, Divorty, Manning, Moore. Subs: Bracek, Fairbank, Barber, Johnston