HALIFAX winger Wayne Reittie has admitted the only good thing about last Thursday’s Co-operative Championship battering at the hands of Leigh is that him and his teammates only have to wait a little over a week for a chance of revenge.
Fax head to Leigh Sports Village on Sunday (2.0) for their fifth round Carnegie Challenge Cup date on the back of a comprehensive 32-18 league defeat in front of the TV cameras.
And Reittie insists that Karl Harrison’s side, who had been the only unbeaten side in the Championship after winning their first four fixtures, will improve for the trip to Lancashire.
“The only good thing to come out of Thursday is that we get a chance to play them again next week and put the situation to rights a little bit,” said the former Batley winger, who made an uncharacteristic error which led to one of the visitors’ second half tries.
“We went out there with a good game plan and we didn’t really carry it out.
“It was very disappointing, everyone was pretty gutted.
“But the Challenge Cup is a massive competition, we want to do well in it, and I am sure we will come up with a better performance on Sunday.
“I was thinking about that mistake all night; the ball was bobbling about and the surface was so wet that it just stopped dead, whereas normally they keep rolling.
“It was a bad one for me, but hopefully the carries I made with the ball helped make up for it.”
Reittie, who is locked in a white-hot scrap for wing places with Rob Worrincy, Paul White and Lee Paterson, scored one late try and made another for centre Ben Heaton as Fax salvaged some pride against Paul Rowley’s side.
But the powerful threequarter confessed he was astonished by the visitors resilience, after they spent they first half hour under the cosh before two tries in four minutes tipped the balance of the contest in their favour.
“We started really well, repeat set after repeat set, and I think we probably thought at that stage we were going to walk away with it,” said Reittie.
“But they’re a tough team, they hung in there really well and came back to bite us.
“Usually, there is only so much pressure a team can take without cracking, and we put them under plenty in that opening 25 minutes.
“That pressure normally becomes a try, and then another try.
“But they reacted well and we didn’t really match them from that point on.”