Tyrer off to a flyer, but Fax form a concern

Steve Tyrer
Steve Tyrer

IN-form Halifax centre Steve Tyrer has said he is “chuffed” with his six-tries-in-three-games start to life at his new club ahead of Sunday’s Infirmary Cup date with Super League neighbours Huddersfield.

But the former Widnes back, who was cut by the top flight-bound Vikings in the autumn, insists that back-to-back pre-season losses - particularly last weekend’s 44-14 loss at Championship rivals Leigh - have taken some of the shine off his own achievements.

“Personally, I am chuffed, really made up,” said Tyrer, who first burst on to the professional scene as a 16 year old prodigy with hometown club St Helens.

“I’ve got a good connection with Paul Handforth out on the left, he’s finding me and I am repaying him at the moment with the tries.

“It doesn’t feel brilliant when you don’t win the game though.

“It’s certainly not much good when you get beaten the way we did on Sunday.

“It’s okay scoring tries, but you have to learn how to stop them too and we didn’t do that too well. It wasn’t acceptable.

“We turned up thinking it was a friendly, instead of turning up with the intensity that you’d bring for a league game.

“Leigh had that, they turned up wanting to put a marker down and they did that.

“It’s nothing that can’t be fixed, but it didn’t look good on the day.

“The best thing we can do now if forget about Leigh and move on.”

Fax boss Karl Harrison, who is wrestling a significant injury crisis with a clutch of both long and short term casualties, was due to name his squad for Sunday’s game later today.

And Tyrer insists that whatever kind of sides Harrison and his opposite number Nathan Brown - Huddersfield’s Australian coach who has plenty of fitness worries of his own before next week’s Super League opener - select, Fax need to post a much-improved performance ahead of the Northern Rail Cup kick off at Dewsbury in a fortnight’s time.

“Results aren’t everything, it’s performances you are looking for,” he said.

“For 40 minutes against Salford the other week we were good, and for 70 minutes against Keighley on Boxing Day we were good.

“We just need a good performance now, regardless of what the final scoreline is.

“That would give us something to take to Dewsbury.”

HALIFAX will unveil their 2012 away shirt at Harvey’s department store, Rawson Street, tomorrow between 10am and 2pm.

Members of the club’s first team squad will be in attendance and merchandise will be on sale.

Heath L’Estrange and Matt Diskin, rivals for the hooking role at Bradford, have been appointed as joint captains for 2012.

Australian L’Estrange, formerly with Manly, is in his third season with the Bulls while former Great Britain international Diskin joined the Bulls from Leeds at the start of last season.

“I am really happy with these appointments,” said Bradford coach Mick Potter.

“Matt Diskin brings a calm and calculated approach on the field and is a thorough professional, whilst Heath is very enthusiastic with great leadership qualities.

“By naming them both we will have a natural leader in the position that touches the ball the most on the field throughout the game.”

L’Estrange and Diskin take over from Andy Lynch, who joined Hull in the close season and has been appointed as captain of his new club.

Centre Kallum Watkins has become the latest Leeds player to sign a new five-year contract.

The 20-year-old has followed the lead set by Chris Clarkson and Ryan Hall ahead of the Super League champions’ opening match of the new season against Hull KR next Friday in pledging his future to the club until the end of 2016.