Sheriffe: Fax don’t care about play off destination

Rikki Sheriffe
Rikki Sheriffe
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Halifax winger Rikki Sheriffe has said he doesn’t care whether Karl Harrison’s side travel to champions Sheffield or arch-rivals Featherstone in the first round of the Championship play offs.

Fax virtually wrapped up third spot with their 34-4 win at Keighley on Thursday, with just a point required from Sunday’s final league game against Workington at the Shay (3.0) to push Leigh down into fourth place.

That would leave Fax with a first week trip to play the second-placed club, at either Bramall Lane or Post Office Road, depending on the result of Wednesday night’s showdown between Rovers and the Eagles.

Sheffield currently top the pile by three points, but with home advantage Featherstone will be looking to draw level with one game remaining.

“I don’t think we have a preference,” said Sheriffe.

“They’re two very different teams and two very different places to go and play.

“But in the end we owe both of them, because we didn’t really turn up and perform in either of the games at those venues.

“The main thing for us is to focus on Workington and then worry about the play offs; We are at home again and it’s just a case of doing the same as we did at Keighley and everyone stepping up to the plate.

“We are looking for continuity in the side now and players know that if they play well, they will keep their places.

“The coaches want solid performances and if you don’t deliver then from one to 17 you know that unfortunately you won’t be on the teamsheet the a following week.”

The victory at Cougar Park was a personal milestone for Sheriffe, who faced his younger brothers, winger Jessjo and prop Jode, for the first time in a competitive fixture.

“It’s the first league game we’ve all played together,” said the former Bradford and London speedster.

“It was unfortunate I was on the other wing really, because I didn’t get to see Jess.

“He ran across the line at one point and I thought he was coming right across to me; I wish he had of done!”