Fax skipper Murrell focused on greater good

Fax celebrate against Oldham
Fax celebrate against Oldham

Halifax captain Scott Murrell has played down the personal significance of his switch to loose forward against OIdham, saying “It’s not about me, it’s about the team.”

Murrell played 60 minutes at the back of the scrum in the 32-18 Championship Shield success, with boss Richard Marshall opting to pair Gareth Moore and Ben Johnston at half back.

The jury remains out on the experiment’s success, with Murrell’s biggest impact coming in the final 10 minutes of the game when he reverted to his usual half back role, scoring one try and setting up another for Adam Tangata.

“I don’t think I’ve played at 13 since my first game here, which is four years ago now,” said Murrell.

“I’ll play wherever I get put and do the job to the best of my ability, whether that’s half back, hooker or loose forward.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the team.

“Playing there means I have to take some carries, when I don’t normally carry the ball in those situations.

“You’re up and back, up and back, always involved, but I probably felt better than I thought I was going to feel as far as that goes.

“It was a bit of an experiment so we’ll see what happens next week.

“We’ve not talked about next season, it was a short term thing for the Oldham game; we needed a back rower after losing Dane Manning, so I went to 13 and Jacob Fairbank went into the back row.

“Those opportunities came along for me at the end of the game, but I’m sure if Ben (Johnston) had still been playing there he’d have taken them as well.

“It was just that time in the game when teams get tired.”

Fax now head to Swinton next Sunday (3.0), before a final group game against Workington and a home semi final - which looks likely to be against in-form Sheffield - at the Shay on September 25.

“The points themselves aren’t that important now, it’s about building some form and some combinations before the semi final and hopefully the final,” said Murrell.

“We made a lot of errors in the first half against Oldham, forcing the pass.

“We need to learn to get down there, play out our sets and play boring rugby at times.

“Sometimes you just have to play it out and complete.

“The result was what we wanted though and we got that, so we’ll move on to these last two games and then the semi final.

“We didn’t want to be in this competition, but now we’re here we know what we want to achieve as a group.”