Harrison: Scoreboard not a fair reflection

Ben Johnston scores on his home debut
Ben Johnston scores on his home debut

Halifax boss Karl Harrison believes the 28-18 scoreline in Sunday’s Championship opener against Swinton was not an accurate reflection of his side’s superiority.

Fax opened their 2014 account with a comfortable three points against the Lions, who scored two late tries to move from 28-6 down to within two scores.

Harrison’s side were in total control after back-to-back tries early in both halves, but butchered a handful of clear cut chances - otherwise impressive back rower Luke Adamson being particularly culpable - for a relatively modest margin of victory.

“The scoreboard didn’t really reflect our dominance, because at one point it looked like we could go on and score 50 points,” said the former Test prop, whose side travel to Featherstone, surprisingly beaten at Dewsbury yesterday, next Sunday (3.0).

“Some of our execution and final pass wasn’t quite there - in situations where at this level people should be making the correct decisions - but I’d be more worried if we weren’t making those chances in the first place.

“We had enough opportunities to win half a dozen games though, which is encouraging.

“We’ll move on now and look at how we can break Featherstone down next weekend.”

Harrison expressed satisfaction with the performances of his new half back pairing, Ben Johnston and Simon Brown, with both players scoring tries and Johnston - the rookie number seven signed from Castleford - making light of the pitch conditions with glimpses of an exciting running game.

“I thought Brown and Johnston played pretty well; when the grounds firm up I think Ben showed he’s going to be a bit of a pocket rocket,” said Harrison..

“He was good and Brown showed how aware he is a couple of times, although he got a back injury in the first half that hampered him.

“That link between the two of them - and Scott Murrell at loose forward - isn’t quite there, but I think the slowness of the grounds has something to do with that.

“We’ll keep working on that.”