Super Fax pile on the points in Odsal rout

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Halifax crowned a brilliant first season under the coaching of Richard Marshall with a sensational 52-18 win over Bradford Bulls at Odsal.

Fax, who trailed 18-16 at the break, produced an astonishing second half performance, running in seven unanswered tries - including six in the final 20 minutes - as half backs Scott Murrell and Ben Johnston ran riot.

Winger Tommy Saxton set the ball rolling 10 minutes after the break to put Fax 22-18 ahead and after that even the introduction of star half back Lee Gaskell could not save the Bulls as Fax’s part-time side - assembled on a comparitive shoestring budget - cut loose.

Steve Tyrer touched down twice to complete his hat-trick, Johnston nipped in twice to crown a super personal performance with Adam Tangata and Ben Heaton adding long range scores.

Bradford had taken an early, and ominous, lead when loose forward Matt Ryan barged over after three minutes, Ryan Shaw converting for a 6-0 advantage.

But when Fax got the ball, they made good use of it, Saxton scoring after some excellent handling on the left and Tyrer hammering over the conversion from the sideline.

Tyrer then struck with a try of his own, again after Fax carved Bradford open on their right side, where Tyrer, Dane Manning and the livewire Johnston looked dangerous all game.

Tyrer again converted and Bradford, for a time, looked to be going nowhere until Shaw twice took advantage of some indifferent defending; first pouncing on a kick to touchdown and then popping up on the end of some bruising running to score under the posts.

With the conversions, the scoreline hardly reflected the game at 18-12, although Fax redeemed themselves just before the break when Johnston slipped a delayed pass for Manning to force his way over.

Tyrer’s conversion hit the post and bounced out to leave Bradford leading 18-16, although they might have finished the half behind on the scoreboard if Johnston had found his support players after another sidestepping burst.

That left the game poised, but even at that point no one would have predicted what was to come in the next 40 minutes.

Bradford: Shaw; Caro, Henry, Blythe, Clare; Mendeika, Siejka; Clough, Halafihi, Lauaki, Mellor, Ryan, Pitts. Subs: Gaskell, Fleming, Baile, Crossley

Halifax: Saltonstall; Eccleston, Heaton, Tyrer, Saxton; Johnston, Murrell; Cahalane, Kaye, Ambler, Tangata, Manning, Fairbank. Subs: Spencer, Moore, Maneely, Wood

Referee: Ben Thaler