Tyrer: Flank battle will be key in play off

Steve Tyrer battles with Workington's Mark Calderwood
Steve Tyrer battles with Workington's Mark Calderwood

Halifax centre Steve Tyrer has highlighted the fight to stop Sheffield’s left-side attack as one of the key battles in Friday’s play off date at the Don Valley Stadium (7.30).

The Eagles left flank, where Papua New Guinea centre Menzie Yere and strike back rower Michael Knowles link with talented full back Quentin Laulu-Togagae, is the South Yorkshire side’s biggest threat.

And while Tyrer, Fax’s goalkicking threequarter who weighed in with a try and six goals against Workington last weekend, knows he will have his hands full with the right-side combination of Tom Armstrong and Misi Taulapapa, it is on the left where the decisive conflict could take place.

“Their left side is very potent; it’s very strong and it’s probably the highlight of their game,” he said.

“But Ben Heaton might be back to play in the centre, Lee Paterson’s been going well, Dane Manning’s playing well in the back row; whoever is on that side is capable of doing a good job.

“It’s a crucial part of the game, because if you take some energy out of Yere then gaps start to appear and people like Heaton and Manning, who run good lines, can exploit that.

“We’ll take some confidence into the game and we owe them really, because we’ve played them twice down there now and not really turned up ready to play.

“They’ve lost the last two now, at Featherstone and Doncaster, but there’s no doubt that it will be a difficult game.

“We’re ready for it though.”