Halifax coach Richard Marshall watched his side pile up 10 tries against Whitehaven at the Shay on Sunday as they moved up to fifth in the Championship with a 60-18 victory.
Centre Steve Tyrer and forward Adam Robinson both scored twice, with captain Scott Murrell claiming 22 points from a try and nine conversions, as Fax limbered up for Saturday night’s derby against Bradford Bulls at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.
“I thought we scored some nice tries, tries from our own half,” said Marshall, whose players are finally showing signs of delivering the attacking game the former Warrington assistant coach has been working towards.
“They weren’t all in the opposition third, they were from exit sets, which shows we have a good mentality to push with the ball carrier and support the offload.
“We didn’t always get it right and I thought we bombed two or three in each half, but we have to give Whitehaven some credit for scrambling well and making it difficult.
“I don’t think it was the best we’ve played, but it’s certainly the most points we’ve scored.
“The players are smart and they played what they see.
“We have a plan, which we want them to stick to, but the try we scored in the second half, when Danny Craven and Scott Murrell went wide on our own line, you can’t plan that; that’s vision and confidence from the players.”
The combination of Craven, the on loan Widnes half back, with Murrell and the half-back-turned-full-back Ben Johnston is starting to pay dividends, with Craven arguably posting his most influential performance since he arrived three weeks ago.
“I thought the three kicks that Danny put up at the start of the second half were the difference after half time,” said Marshall, whose side only led 18-12 at the break despite dominating for the majority of the opening half.
“We scored off one, forced an error off another and it got us in good field position.
“His pass selection was very good and he’s very strong; he’s hard for the opposition to handle and I thought he had a good game.”
The team that runs out against the Bulls is likely to have a different look, with forwards Dane Manning and Andy Bracek joining Steve Tyrer at Tuesday night’s RFL disciplinary hearing.
All three have been charged with fighting following the 22-14 loss at Leigh, although Tyrer has been able to submit an early guilty plea in order to moderate his punishment.
“It was in the back of my mind to pick the players who are likely to play next week,” said Marshall, who gave a surprise debut off the bench to former Elland junior Ed Barber, who scored a try and provided the final pass for another.
“But what if you select other players and we lose them through injury, then some more through suspension?
“We can’t afford that, because we’re running with a small squad.
“We got Ed in today and I thought he did well; he’s not quite up to speed yet, but he scored a try and made another, so that’s encouraging.”