Oh brother! Fax’s Rikki relishing family feud

Rikki Sheriffe
Rikki Sheriffe
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Winger Rikki Sheriffe is hoping to get the chance to mark little brother Jessjo when Halifax host Keighley in the Championship on Sunday.

Sheriffe, who returned to his hometown club over the winter, confronted Jessjo, and his other sibling, the former Fax prop Jode, for the first time when Fax beat the Cougars in a Boxing Day friendly.

But with Rikki on the right and Jessjo on the left, the pair rarely had sight of each other, something the former Bradford and Newcastle speedster is hoping will change this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to it, it will be a good reunion for us all,” laughed Sheriffe.

“We obviously played Boxing Day, but there’s three points at stake this weekend, so it’s a different kind of game.

“I hope Jess is on my side, but I’ve got to get picked first, which is not easy because Karl (Harrison) has been really hard on everyone.

“Rob (Worrincy) hadn’t done much to be picked up on before the game at Workington last weekend, but Karl’s pretty ruthless and that keeps you on your toes.

“If I get the chance, I’ll have Jess all day though.

“He’s my younger brother, so I’m not going to say he’s going to be faster than me, but I won’t be giving him a head start.

“If he thinks he is going to be coming scoring tries down my side, he can think again.”

Sheriffe has made a seemingly seamless transition back into the 13-man game and looked rock solid as Fax ground out a victory in the mud of Workington last weekend.

“It wasn’t a backs game, but the forwards did a good job for us and we just had to make sure we did our bit,” he said.

“It just means being squeaky clean; taking the catches, making the carries and not making any errors.

“When the grounds dry up, it will be different and we will get more running chances, but in those conditions you just need to make sure you do everything you can to contribute to the team.

“I thought we all did that.”