Worrincy runs in five as Fax hammer Swinton

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Halifax hit form again after a difficult month with winger Rob Worrincy scoring five tries in a scorching 76-18 win over Swinton at Leigh Sports Village.

Karl Harrison’s side had lost four of their last five matches, and the Championship lead in the process, but the signs of recovery they showed at Sheffield a week ago were confirmed as they romped home unhindered.

Under blue skies, the planned 3pm kick off was delayed until 3.30pm as the Lions doctor had failed to arrive.

But once the game got underway, Fax were merciless.

Worrincy gave himself an early morale boost after last week’s troubles when he took a fourth-minute interception and raced away to score, Steve Tyrer - recalled to the side after being left out at Bramall Lane - kicking the conversion for a 6-0 lead.

Hooker Paul Handforth and half back Anthony Thackeray then teed up Craig Ashall, Tyrer doubling the visitors’ lead with the boot.

Thackeray then scored himself, taking the return pass from Tyrer, who added the conversion for 18-0.

Luke Ambler, who form an outstanding starting front row pairing with Tony Tonks, then rumbled over, Tyrer making it 24-0.

The Lions got some respite when Gene Ormsby scored, but Thackeray put Worrincy over for his second, Tyrer touched down Handforth’s kick ahead and Wayne Reittie finished off another Worrincy interception as Fax moved into a crushing 40-6 half time lead.

Worrincy plucked the ball out of the air again early in the second half, cantering in from 15 metres to complete his hat trick make it 44-6.

Jack Cooper then stole a try back for Swinton after Ashall dashed out of the line, Kevin Penny kicking the conversion.

But normal service was quickly resumed, Worrincy scoring a fourth after a blistering dash down the touchline and Ryan Fieldhouse taking a slick short ball from Murrell to push the score out to 54-12 with 20 minutes remaining.

Penny intercepted and converted, but Worrincy quickly added his fifth, backing up Fieldhouse to touch down under the posts, Tyrer making it 60-18.

Tonks crowned a super performance with a try of his own, Penny virtually standing aside to let the prop through, Tyrer’s conversion making it 66-18.

Tyrer then crossed himself from Handforth’s pass, before Fieldhouse brought the house down with a finish from half way, Tyrer securing a 28 point personal haul with the conversion.

Swinton: Hawkyard; Penny, Burke, Evans, Williams; Ainscough, Harvey; Cooper, Smith, Holland, Riley, Clarke, I’Anson. Subs: Barlow, Mills, Morrison, Ormsby

Halifax: Fieldhouse; Worrincy, Tyrer, Heaton, Reittie; Murrell, Thackeray; Tonks, Handforth, Ambler, Manning, Divorty, C. Ashall. Subs: Bracek, K. Ashall, Barlow, Casey

Referee: Gareth Hewer

Attendance: 726