HALIFAX coach Matt Calland blamed a lack of discipline for his side’s 32-20 Co-operative Championship defeat by Featherstone at the Shay last night.
Rovers won the Grand Final rematch in front of the Sky cameras, scrapping back from 20-12 down at the break to produce a dominant second half performance that turned the game on its head.
Centre Andy Bostock scored twice as Rovers took control, leaving Calland and his players empty handed at the foot of the league ladder.
“I thought we could have been further in front in the second half, but we can’t seem to put two good halves together at the moment,” said Calland.
“We completed really well, looked dangerous with the ball and the defence was really good, with everyone working hard for each other.
“It’s just disappointing that we weren’t able to capitalise on that.
“The kicking game was excellent in the first half and the second half we were just a little bit off the mark and they capitalised on that.
“I can’t fault the effort, but we need to be smarter in certain areas.
“I thought we showed a lack of discipline in the second half and that was what started the rot.
“They are a good side and once they get a roll on they are very hard to stop.
“It was a high quality game of rugby league at times and we just fell away a little bit. There is a lot to work on but we are getting better.”
If the second period was largely gloomy for the home side, the opening 40 minutes were a different story, with winger Paul White producing two high-class finishes as Fax pulled clear of Daryl Powell’s side.
“Paul’s has been really good for us all season,” said Calland, who will aim to get his side into the winner’s enclosure at the third attempt at Sheffield on Sunday week.
“He struggled last year on the back of his knee reconstruction and he’s getting back to his best this year.
“I also thought Beswick changed the game when he came on.
“He was certainly one player who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.”