Harrison happy after Fax run riot against Leigh

Fax were near perfect
Fax were near perfect

Halifax coach Karl Harrison lauded his Championship leaders after they hammered top-five rivals Leigh 60-10 at the Shay on Sunday.

With skipper Scott Murrell spearheading an inspired team performance, Fax led 18-0 at half time before piling on the agony for the Centurions after the break in merciless fashion.

Fax are now five points clear of second-placed Batley, although the Bulldogs do have a game in hand, but are now eight ahead of Leigh, who sit fifth.

“I think we’ve been threatening to do something like that, although you don’t necessarily expect it to happen in those games,” said Harrison.

“I thought we were controlled all the way through.

“I know we scored a lot of points, but I think it was the defensive side of our game that made those points possible, to be truthful.

“I thought we were very, very strong throughout and they didn’t really have an answer to it for long spells.

“We knew they put a big emphasis on the middle of the park because of the size of the team they picked.

“We did the same, had four forwards on the bench, and had three big men in the middle in Luke Ambler, Tony Tonks and Luke Adamson.

“In the end, I think it was the strength of the bench that changed it for us.”

Murrell took the official man of the match award after another all-action showing, but Harrison picked half back Anthony Thackeray’s performance as being particularly pleasing.

“Paul Handforth and Murrell did what they’ve been doing every week, but I thought that was Thackeray’s best game for the club in the 18 months he has been here,” said Harrison, who withdrew Handforth midway through the second half.

“I thought he was outstanding.

“Handforth got a dead leg, quite a nasty one, and we didn’t want to take any chances with him so we took him off as soon as we could.”

Fax’s next league fixture is likely to be another pivotal one, with a trip to Featherstone on the cards in a fortnight’s time after next week’s Challenge Cup tie with Barrow at the Shay (3.0).

“Featherstone is a game that will bring its own intensity, and we’re looking forward to that, but this week it’s all about the Cup,” said Harrison.

“It’s Barrow next weekend, we’re looking no further than that.”