Fax: Bulls showdown is all about the money

Fax lost at Wakefield on Saturday night
Fax lost at Wakefield on Saturday night

Halifax will face Bradford Bulls in their televised final Super 8s Qualifier on Saturday (3.0) with a funding jackpot worth almost £800,000 at stake.

Saturday night’s 30-12 loss to Wakefield at Belle Vue, coupled with defeats for both Leigh and Sheffield, has left Fax in seventh place in the Qualifiers going into the final weekend of a season that has already proved spectacularly successful.

None of the bottom three, who have all won one match, can now make the so-called Million Pound promotion play off; that looks certain to be contested by Bradford and Wakefield the following weekend.

But with a prize fund that drops off sharply the further down the table you go - the sixth place club receives £787,000 compared to £500,000 for seventh and £450,000 for eighth - victory, or even a narrow defeat, at Odsal could be worth an extra £300,000-plus, a fortune at Championship level.

Points difference could prove decisive, with Leigh, who play at Widnes on Sunday, having a slender 17-point edge on Fax; the Centurions are on -41 after six games, Fax on -58.

Sheffield, who host Wakefield, are considerably worse off, on -129, and probably need to beat the Wildcats to have any hope of not finishing bottom.

“The benefits of finishing higher are substantial funding for next year,” said Fax boss Richard Marshall.

“Saturday will be a good game, a good derby and there’s a massive and significant financial carrot for us.

“If we were to get there, it would be great; if we don’t, we can be well pleased with what we’ve achieved already this year.”