QLT sharpens cutting edge as Fax win big at Dewsbury

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Halifax moved above Leigh in the Championship with a comfortable 46-18 win at Dewsbury.

The visitors, who reshuffled their side to accommodate new recruit Quentin Laulu-Togagae at full back, were never in trouble against Neil Kelly’s side, opening up a 22-12 half time lead before pulling well clear in the final quarter.

In a rock-solid debut, QLT provided Richard Marshall’s side with a different dimension in attack, providing the final pass for three tries and scoring a long range effort himself.

The Samoan wasted no time in making his presence felt, putting the impressive Chester Butler into space with 10 minutes on the clock and the centre-turned-back rower applying a confident finish from 25 metres out, running over Josh Guzdek to score.

Steve Tyrer converted for a 6-0 lead, although that last a matter of moments when a loose ball from Scott Murrell allowed Dale Morton to exchange passes with Gareth Moore and score in the corner.

Paul Sykes converted from the sideline, but Fax, who looked dangerous with the ball, were soon back in front when Ben Johnston split the line and sent Brandon Moore over by the posts, Tyrer’s conversion giving a 12-6 scoreline.

QLT then provided a second assist, putting James Saltonstall over, before Ben Kaye burrowed over by the posts, a solitary conversion from Tyrer making it 22-6 as the visitors’ dominance was reflected on the scoreboard.

The Rams got a lifeline just before the break, a poor pass from Kaye and a knock on from Elliot Morris creating the position for Dom Speakman to force his way over, Sykes again adding an excellent conversion for a half time score of 22-12.

The second half began with a disallowed try for young winger Conor McGrath, quickly followed by a couple of basic errors that presented Dewsbury with the position to improvise their third try, scored and converted by Sykes.

Fax responded immediately, Butler charging in for his second after slick passing from Murrell and Grix, for Tyrer to convert and open the lead up to 28-18.

In the final quarter, QLT slipped Tyrer over then added his first try for the club, collecting Murrell’s chip and chase before racing clear from 60 metres, Tyrer converting both for 40-18.

A long range charge from Sharp, converted by Tyrer, rounded off a promising afternoon’s work.

Dewsbury: Guzdek; Worrincy, Glover, Hallet, Morton; Sykes, Moore; Sheriffe, Ward, Teanby, Crowther, Spicer, Brown. Subs: Speakman, Walshaw, Annakin, Trout

Halifax: Laulu-Togagae; McGrath, Tyrer, Saltonstall, Sharp; Murrell, Johnston; Fairbank, Moore, Maher, Butler, Grady, Grix. Subs: Kaye, Morris, Fleming, Green

Referee: M. Griffiths