Potts plays down heroics, hopes a corner has been turned

Gareth Potts
Gareth Potts

Halifax’s wing hero Gareth Potts says he hopes Sunday’s 30-28 win over champions Sheffield will ease the side’s “phobia” about closing out games successfully.

Potts’ flying last-play ankle tap on Eagles opposite number Scott Turner finally clinched victory for Karl Harrison’s side, who had squandered promising positions against Featherstone and Batley in the preceding two weeks.

“We seem to have had a phobia about the last 15 minutes of games,” said Potts, ahead of Sunday’s Challenge Cup date with amateurs Hull Dockers at Hull KR’s Craven Park ground (2.0).

“We’ve got ourselves ahead and then struggled to wrap it up again.

“We’ve had a bit of a roasting this week and we’re a close group and we knew we had come out and put it all together this week.

“We dug deep as a team, worked had for each other and made the game a little bit easier.

“We know we can do it now against good teams and hopefully we can push on now.

“Sheffield are champions for a reason and they’re a top team.”

Potts, who had earlier scored a sharply-taken try from a Ryan Fieldhouse break, played down his last-minute intervention as Turner raced on to a desperate cross-kick from Michael Knowles.

“I had no choice,” he said.

“I just wanted to get to him, get to the ball.

“I was just thinking about either getting the ball or hitting him ball and all.”