Harrison happy as Fax go top of the league

Scott Murrell
Scott Murrell

Halifax coach Karl Harrison was full of praise for his Championship-topping team after watching them comfortably eclipse Hunslet 38-6 at the Shay.

Victory, delivered with the help of try-doubles from Ryan Fieldhouse and Sam Barlow, saw Fax overhaul Featherstone - beaten at Sheffield last Thursday - to take a one point lead at the top of the ladder.

“It’s nice, it’s only round seven but we are in it to win it,” said the former Great Britain forward, whose side have six wins and a draw from their opening seven games.

“We want to be top of the league at the end of the season and it’s up to the guys now to keep us there.

“No one in the 17 is guaranteed a spot in the side, which is always healthy.”

But it was the way his side claimed top spot that pleased Harrison the most, swapping their patchy recent form for something far more comprehensive.

“It was a lot better, we probably had a 15 minute glitch in the second half where we lost our way a little but we got our focus back and finished strongly,” said Harrison.

“We had a big effort on the defence this week and there was a lot more line speed, a lot more contact and a lot more vigour.

“We had won the arm wrestle at half time and we spoke about having a real blitz at the start of the second half.

“Hunslet looked tired and we scored from our first two possessions, which was a great start to the half and killed the game really.

“I actually thought Hunslet played really well.

“They bombed a certain try, but I think the scoreline says more about how we played than it does about them.

“They’re a good side.”

One player who did not feature - in either the main game or the under 20s’ 20-0 loss to Championship One newboys Oxford at Brighouse earlier in the day - was new back row recruit Luke Adamson.

“Luke had a slight foot injury, which kept him out of the under 20s game, but he might get a chance next week,” said Harrison.

“He’s trained fully, but people need to earn a spot in the side and there is no need to rush him.”