Fax v Giants: Thewlis rules out midweek rearrangement

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Any hope that Halifax’s postponed pre-season opener against Huddersfield could be rescheduled for this week nosedived after a withering reaction from their Super League neighbours.

The fixture, scheduled for 3pm on Sunday, was called off on Saturday morning by Calderdale Council in expectation of the impact of overnight rain on the Shay’s newly-renovated playing surface.

Fax had hinted the match - one of three warm up fixtures for Richard Marshall’s side - might be moved to Wednesday evening, but in a statement on the club’s official website on Saturday, Giants managing director Richard Thewlis appeared to rule that option out.

“We will not, for the avoidance of doubt, be playing Halifax midweek next week,” read the statement.

“We will talk to Halifax about a re-arrangement if their stadium partners are able to give any confidence to us that they actually want rugby league at that venue when there is moisture forecast.”

But with Fax due at Widnes next Sunday before a midweek trip to Keighley and a week-long training camp in Portugal, the chances of the game being played at all now look slim.

“We were informed by Halifax this morning (Saturday) of a potential problem which frankly given the weather then and the distance to the game seemed quite ludicrous,” said Thewlis.

“I am told the matter has been taken out of Halifax RLFC’s hands and thus no blame can be apportioned in my view to them.”