Lots of pluses for Karl in easy cup passage

HALIFAX boss Karl Harrison watched his side cruise into the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with an 84-28, 15-try thrashing of South Wales Scorpions on Saturday.

And the former Great Britain prop, who rested a handful of key stars ahead of Thursday night’s Championship date with Leigh, declared it a case of mission accomplished ahead of today’s draw for the last 16 (3pm).

“It’s job done; to score 80-odd points on any team is a good result and that’s how we’re taking it,” said Harrison, who left out forwards Jim Gannon, Adam Robinson and Luke Ambler, winger Wayne Reittie, stand off Anthony Thackeray and full back Ryan Fieldhouse in preparation for the televised clash with the Centurions.

“The objective in these games is to get through to the next round, that’s it.

“We want a nice easy tie now, the easiest tie possible, preferably at home.

“Certain aspects of our performance could have been better, we’ve been very strong defensively all season and to see them score 28 points didn’t please me.

“I think one was a good try, but the others were really, really soft.

“Having said that, the intensity of the game was way down on what we are used to.

“It’s no disrespect to South Wales, but we’re at a different level to them and the scoreline reflects that.

“They are a new team and they are learning and it was a massive jump up in class for them.

“But they never stopped trying, their heads never dropped and they deserve a lot of credit for that.”

Fax were again spearheaded by the former Rochdale forward Craig Ashall, who was named in his usual spot at loose forward but dominated the first half from hooker before being withdrawn five minutes into the second half.

“I thought Craig was pretty effective,” laughed Harrison.

“He dominated the first half of the game, certainly.

“He’s a different type of hooker to Sean Penkywicz, a more structured player, although we saw Penky’s attributes in that final quarter too.

“I think people underestimate what Craig does in defence.

“He’s very effective in that middle unit.

“Overall, it was a beneficial afternoon; It was a good chance to give players like Rob Worrincy, Paul White and Sam Barlow extended runs in the team.

“I also thought Sean Hesketh came back extremely strongly after being left out last weekend.

“He ran the ball extremely hard.”