Harrison: Fax will stick with winning formula

Adam Robinson
Adam Robinson

Halifax are unlikely to make significant selection changes for Thursday night’s Championship semi final against Sheffield at the Shay (7.0).

That was the verdict of boss Karl Harrison as his title-chasing side look to repeat their 21-6 win over the reigning champions and book a place in next weekend’s Grand Final.

Harrison has utility player Callum Casey fit after he missed the trip to the Don Valley Stadium with a leg injury, potentially putting pressure on young hooker Keith Holden.

Back rower Adam Robinson could face a fitness test on a calf problem, while winger Rob Worrincy - not selected for the first meeting with his former club - is nursing a hamstring injury.

“Robinson’s been struggling, but I would think he’ll be right to play,” said Harrison.

“If he doesn’t make it, Casey’s fit so that would be a straight swap.

“In any case, I would think it would be largely the same 17 that played at Sheffield.”

One player who will be missing is half back Anthony Thackeray, who, barring a miracle recovery, now seems certain to have played his last game for the club ahead of an expected switch to Dewsbury.

The former Widnes playmaker has not featured since injuring his ankle at Leigh at the end of July.

“Thackeray’s not training fully and if we did play in the Grand Final I can’t see him recovering in time,” said Harrison.

“It’s a shame, but that’s rugby league.”