Emotions simmering as Fax aim to break duck

EVERYONE has been saying the right things this week.

Mark Aston might say he’s moved on.

Sam Barlow might say his controversial appearance against the Eagles last autumn is water under the bridge.

But you still suspect the tensions will be simmering just under the surface when Halifax kick off at Bramall Lane tomorrow.

And Sheffield, beaten by Fax and Barlow in last season’s final eliminator, would love nothing more than to keep Matt Calland’s champions win-less after four rounds.

While this may be an emotion-fuelled occasion for the Eagles though, for Calland and his players it is all about numbers.

Played two, won none, is a statistic they will be keen to see the back of as soon as possible.

So much will depend on how successfully they can recover from the disappointment of that loss to Featherstone last time out.

For 40 minutes against Rovers, Fax were pretty good, the best they have been all year.

And while it all went wrong in the second 40, the feeling persists that against a side less resilient than Rovers, Fax might have been out of sight at the break.

If they can repeat that level of performance tomorrow, they have every chance of breaking their duck.