Murrell: Coach got us fired up

Fax on the burst during their 56-30 victory over Barrow
Fax on the burst during their 56-30 victory over Barrow

Man-of-the-match Scott Murrell revealed that he and his Fax teammates found themselves on the end of a half-time tongue-lashing from coach Karl Harrison before going on to seal a 56-30 Championship victory over Barrow last Sunday.

The Cumbrians arrived at the Shay carrying momentum from a victory over Swinton while also eager to atone for a 52-6 tonking by Fax in the Challenge Cup last month.

They set about their work with aggression and determination which Fax struggled to match, and that allowed the visitors to hold a deserved 18-16 lead at the break.

However, Fax came out for the second half with a totally different mindset and were able to stretch ahead of Darren Holt’s side before easing off the gas again near the end

“Karl gave us a bit of a fire up at half-time; he told us we’d been soft and to be fair we had been soft,” said Murrell, who ran in one of Fax’s 10 tries while also setting up Steve Tyrer and Ryan Fieldhouse.

“For the last 12 weeks or so we’d been playing really well and defending really well, but against Barrow we didn’t.

“We were all disappointed to be beaten by Fev the previous week so we needed a reaction.

“In the first half we didn’t look to be at the races and all credit to Barrow because they played well.

But in the second half we came out firing and we have to be happy with the outcome.

“If we want to be a successful championship team we shouldn’t need to be rollocked at half-time, we should be ready and raring to go every game.”

Murrell and the rest of the Fax players must now take a collective deep breath and be ready to go again on Friday night when they take on Sheffield in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup at the Don Valley Stadium.

“Sheffield are a very difficult team, we all know that,” added Murrell. “There is a big incentive for both sides because everybody wants to do well in the cup.

“The players will get themselves back up, train hard and be ready for the challenge.”