Harrison unhappy as Fax slump

HALIFAX coach Karl Harrison was highly critical of his side’s performance after they went down 44-14 at Leigh in pre-season action yesterday.

The visitors trailed 22-8 at half time at the Leigh Sports Village against the side that beat them in last year’s Northern Rail Cup final and never looked like staging a comeback, with another two tries from centre Steve Tyrer – who has now bagged six in three games since his move from Widnes – a rare highlight.

“It was extremely poor; I can’t put it any other way,” said Harrison.

“I’m not a shouter and baller of a coach, I’m a teacher, but there were some harsh words spoken at half time and at the end of the game.

“Some people probably need to lose a bit of the swagger they’ve got and get back to the basics of rugby league.

“We were dominated in the forward pack, there was no platform for the half backs and the outside backs didn’t get any quality ball to work with.

“We were totally dominated across the park and beaten by a more together, more enthusiastic unit.

“There’s still a lot of Ian Millward’s influence around the place, Paul Rowley’s doing a fantastic job and Martyn Ridyard was outstanding for them.

“Getting beaten is part of the game, and you have to be able to accept that sometimes.

“But I can only accept it if we have given an effort and some of the performances out there for us were not acceptable.

“They’ll be told that in no uncertain terms.”

Harrison has three weeks before Fax play their first competitive match, at Dewsbury in the Northern Rail Cup, and only one more warm up fixture – against Super League neighbours Huddersfield at the Shay next weekend – but the former Great Britain prop made it clear he expects his side to learn from yesterday’s mauling.

“We’re going through a major culture change at Halifax at the moment and we are way off where we need to be,” he said.

“It’s a process, and there is no way you can change everything overnight, but yesterday was definitely a step back.

“Sometimes that can be a good thing though, because it makes people re-focus, look at what they’re doing and come back stronger.”