Divorty rested, Adam back to back row

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Adam Robinson is likely to revert to the back row for Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final against Barrow at the Shay (3.0).

Halifax coach Karl Harrison has confirmed he is now not planning to risk the Wales international Ross Divorty, who will be in action for the Principality against France tomorrow afternoon.

And that will pave the way for Robinson to slot in alongside his former Batley teammate Dane Manning.

“I think it would be a gamble to ask Ross to play Saturday, Sunday and then Thursday night at Dewsbury,” said Harrison.

“If we weren’t playing Thursday, that might have changed things, but in the circumstances I think it’s better that he gets a day off.

“It will give Robinson a chance to get back into that position and we’ve got other players who can come into the side as cover.”

Robinson was in superb form in the back row earlier in the season, but has been playing down the middle of the field in recent weeks.

“Robbo just wants to play and do his job,” said Harrison, who said he was not anticipating any other changes to the side that eclipsed Keighley 30-16 at Cougar Park last weekend.

“I think he likes running a bit wider, but he’s been superb in that middle section recently.

“He’s a big, awkward thing and he’s difficult to tackle; if you don’t commit to stopping him you tend to end up on your backside.

“He’s a nice option for us to have.”

The Raiders will arrive at the Shay as underdogs, having been dumped into Championship One last autumn in the wake of the salary cap scandal surrounding their former chairman Des Johnston.

“They’re rebuilding, aren’t they?” said Harrison.

“They’ve got a new coach in Darren Holt and some familiar names in Martin Ostler, Andy Bracek and Liam Harrison.

“Everyone needs to remember that they were relegated because of things that happened off the field, not on it.

“They’ll have a massive amount of motivation and they are dangerous opponents.”

One headache Harrison will not have to contend with is the absence of his quartet of Ireland players - Paul Handforth, Luke Ambler, James Haley and Callum Casey - who have all been omitted from the side that will take on the England Knights at St Helens’ Langtree Park tomorrow evening.