Harrison happy with playmaking options

Tony Tonks
Tony Tonks
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Coach Karl Harrison was predictably satisfied with his revamped playmaking options as Halifax drew 30-30 at Castleford.

Harrison fielded new half backs Simon Brown and Ben Johnston alongside hooking recruits Ben Kaye and Paul Mennell for the first time as Fax led the Tigers for the majority of the second half.

“We’ve been together seven weeks, we’ve got new half back combinations, new front row combinations, so overall I was pleased, even though we’re obviously a long way from being where we want to be,” said Harrison, who moved captain Scott Murrell to his favoured loose forward berth.

“Kaye gave us some toughness, Mennell showed real vision, Brown’s kicking and passing game was excellent and Johnston was dangerous when he ran the ball.

“That’s without even mentioning Murrell, so it was a good start for us.

“Overall, I think we looked well conditioned, I saw commitment, I saw some understanding; I thought we played really well for long spells.

“Our backfield players looked indecisive early on and that cost us three pretty soft tries.

“Cas are used to playing at a higher level week in, week out and the higher the standard you play in this game the more you need to earn the right to have that better field position.

“I thought once we got our heads round that we did pretty well.”

Fax had young winger Gareth Potts, signed from Batley, in hat-trick form, including a scorching 80 metre solo effort.

“Potts is a good player and he took all those tries really well,” said Harrison.

“He’s extremely quick as we saw and he played well at full back for those last 25 minutes as well.”