Fax head to the Steel City feeling sharp after big win

LIVEWIRE half back Anthony Thackeray believes the confidence gleaned from last weekend’s record-breaking 90-point romp against Myton could tip the balance in tomorrow’s Co-operative Championship showdown at Sheffield in Halifax’s favour.

Fax scored 17 tries against the Humberside amateurs in the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup, setting new benchmarks for the club’s highest ever score and biggest winning margin.

And while Thackeray, who touched down for a trademark solo score, acknowledges that the clash with the Eagles will be an entirely different kind of contest - both sides have won their opening two league fixtures - he believes Karl Harrison’s side will head down the M1 with a razor sharp attacking edge.

“If it does open up on Thursday, we’ll certainly be ready to play after that,” said Thackeray.

“Sometimes it can work against you, going from such an open game into a much tougher one, but on the flip side you always get some confidence from games like that when you score so many points.

“It is going to be a completely different kind of match, and we’re well aware of that, because Sheffield are going really well at the moment.

“But if we get our performance right then we won’t be far off.

“It’s a really big game; the Featherstones, the Sheffields, the Leighs, they are all massive games for us.

“If we get a result tomorrow, it stands us in good stead going forward.

“It will certainly provide us with another benchmark of where we are compared to the top sides in the comp.

“Short turnarounds are never easy, but hopefully we can go there now and come up with the goods.”

Sunday’s result was close to home for Thackeray, a Hull native who still lives in the city, works on Hull FC’s community programme and played his junior rugby with the Warriors.

And the former Widnes and Castleford playmaker was full of praise for the way his former club conducted themselves on the day.

“I started there when I was 12 or 13, and went through to 15,16 with them when I signed for Hull,” he said

“It was good to see a few old faces and they are doing well in their competition.

“They came out of the blocks and hit us hard and, despite the scoreline, they kept going to the end.

“We’d probably have liked to get 100 at the end, but to be fair they probably didn’t deserve to concede three figures.”