Marshall staying calm as Fax find some form to bust the Broncos

The outstanding Simon Grix scored Fax's second try
The outstanding Simon Grix scored Fax's second try

Halifax coach Richard Marshall was keeping his feet on the ground after his side became only the second team to beat London Broncos this season with a convincing 19-6 win at the Shay.

Fax’s crucial success, the result of their most complete team performance of the season, gives them a three-from-six record and leaves them in touch with the pack of clubs chasing a top four place.

Victory came courtesy of a strong second half effort, that left the full time Broncos floundering in the final quarter.

“We needed a win and we thoroughly deserved that,” said Marshall.

“We’re not getting carried away, we got found out last week against Toulouse so we won’t be getting too excited.

“You lose and you expect a response, which we’ve got. The challenge now is to keep that level.

“We’re not going to over the top, but there were some good signs there.

“Defensively, we were up there with the best we’ve done so far this year.

“We limited their chances, put their playmakers under plenty of pressure and came through with a pretty simple gameplan.

“I liked our response at the end, in those last 10 minutes when we probably had it won.

“We were still forcing errors, packing down the scrums and trying to speed the game up.”

Fax led 8-6 at the break and 10-6 early in the second half before a 50 metre interception from recalled half back Gareth Moore gave them a decisive advantage.

“I thought Gareth took some pressure off Scott and had a good game with his kicking today,” said Marshall, who also called up three Salford players - winger Jake Bibby, impressive prop Ryan Lannon and hooker Josh Wood - on dual registration.

“I’d like him to take the line on more, he’s got to believe in himself in a bit more sometimes.

“I wasn’t sure about celebrating before he’d put the ball down, but I did think he sparked us up.

“He’s been out for three or four games and the first week he wasn’t happy, but he’s knuckled down and got his opportunity.

“I think the interception was a them-or-us play and on this occasion it was us.

“He’s good at those though, he puts himself in a position where it’s hard to play around him.

“I thought we needed a definite out and out hooker and Josh Wood gave us that off the bench.

“Jacob Fairbank and the forwards gave us a platform and we got over the top of them pretty convincingly in the end.

“Jacob’s playing really well, and he’s not 100 per cent fit either.

“Players like him and James Saltonstall are your classic players playing for their hometown team and they’ve both got some form at the moment.”