Fax’s Ben up for Yere replay

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Centre Ben Heaton is confident Halifax can repeat their defensive shut-out on Sheffield dangerman Menzie Yere if the sides meet again for a place in the Grand Final.

Heaton’s combination with in-form winger Wayne Reittie and back rower Dane Manning kept Yere, the Papua New Guinea threequarter, on a short leash for the majority of last week’s 21-6 win over the champions at the Don Valley Stadium.

The Eagles now host Dewsbury on Sunday in a sudden-death showdown, with a home win guaranteed to set up a rematch with Fax at the Shay next weekend.

“You don’t take Yere lightly; you have to muscle up and bend your back,” said Heaton.

“Basically, you’ve got to run as hard as you can and tackle as hard as you can because you know that’s what he’s going to do.

“You need to square up to him physically and I think we did that.

“We forced him into putting the ball down a couple of times and ran him into touch once, so I feel like we did a pretty good job.

“If we end up playing them again next week, we’ll be confident of doing it again.”

Heaton also contrasted Fax’s situation now to 12 months ago, when they were thumped by the Eagles at the Shay, exiting the play offs at the first hurdle.

“I remember playing against Sheffield with an injection in my shoulder and a few other lads doing the same,” he said.

“This year, we seem to have a healthy squad with most people up near full fitness.

“We’re fresh and we’re feeling good and everyone is keen to kick on.

“I think we have showed that if we stick to the plan we can dominate teams.

“Sheffield are a great side and we were on top of them for 90 per cent of that game.

“It’s the business end of the season now and I think we showed how much we want to get some success.

“If we turn up on the day we can beat anyone.”