Fax open Super 8s account after beating Leigh

Fax celebrate Steve Tyrer's try
Fax celebrate Steve Tyrer's try

Halifax took their first win of the Super 8s Qualifiers with a clinical 34-12 victory over Leigh at the Shay.

Richard Marshall’s side bounced back to something like their best, mixing some precise attacking play with a ferociously determined defensive effort, in which the workaholic forward Dane Manning was outstanding.

The home side opened the scoring after seven minutes, Manning scooping up a loose ball on half way and racing away to the line, stepping out of Ryan Brierley’s despairing challenge to touch down.

Centre Steve Tyrer added the conversion and 6-0 became 12-0 when Wales forward Ross Divorty popped up on the end of some second-phase play, pouncing on Jacob Fairbank’s improvised kick through to score the try.

Tyrer converted and in an end-to-end contest added a penalty just after the half hour when Richard Moore was fouled by Gareth Hock.

At 14-0, both sides had chances to score, but it was Halifax who finally made one count, a great pass from young half back Connor Robinson giving Tyrer the chance to set James Saltonstall free and the winger racing away to the corner, Tyrer making it 20-0 with a touchline conversion.

Leigh pulled a score back in the first five minutes of the second half, Adam Higson scoring in the corner, Martin Ridyard kicking the conversion to cut the gap to 20-6.

And when Fuifui Moimoi rumbled over on the next set of possession, Ridyard again on target, Halifax were wobbling slightly at 20-12.

But once the home side got their hands back on the ball, they quickly turned the screw again.

Captain Scott Murrell scored after a slick offload from Cook Islands forward Adam Tangata, Tyrer’s conversion putting Halifax 26-12 up.

And they made it back to back scores from the kick off, Tyrer cutting back against the defence to touchdown and then getting up to land the conversion that opened up a 32-12 lead.

Halifax clinched the points with a late penalty, Tyrer maintaining his 100 per cent record from 30 metres out.

Halifax: Johnston; Eccleston, Heaton, Tyrer, Saltonstall; Robinson, Murrell; Cahalane, Maneely, Ambler, Divorty, Manning, Fairbank. Subs: Tangata, Kaye, Bracek, Moore

Leigh: McNally; Pownall, Higson, Armstrong, Kay; Ridyard, Brierley; Moimoi, Beswick, Acton, Dixon, Hock, Emmitt. Subs: Higham, Wilkes, Spencer, Aspinwall

Referee: Chris Kendall