Halifax RLFC 26-32 Featherstone Rovers

Darrell Griffin playing for Featherstone Rovers.


Featherstone Rovers had to dig deep to come out on top against Halifax at MBi Shay. Last year’s fourth-placed side beat their fellow West Yorkshire counterparts 32-26 thanks to a late Kyle Briggs try.

The visitors were 16-10 up at the interval and they got the first try of the game through Luke Briscoe on the six minute mark. Hardman couldn’t convert but he had a chance to make amends just a few moments later when Josh Hardcastle touched down for a try on his competitive debut. However, Hardman was off target once again which left the Rovers with a slender eight point lead despite a good start. Featherstone kept the pressure on their opponents and a third try came calling when Ash Handley benefited from an 80 metre break by Luke Briscoe. Hardman added the extras. Jacob Fairbank responded for Halifax soon after to get the hosts on the board and Steve Tyrer converted. Hardman extended Rovers’ lead to ten points with a penalty goal six minutes from the break but Halifax managed to make it a one score game going into the second half thanks to a Rob Worrincy try.

Whatever Fax coach Richard Marshall said to his men at half-time had worked a treat by the 48th minute as the hosts hit the front with converted tries from Adam Tangata and Scott Murrell. It was always going to be a close game and Hardcastle made sure Halifax weren’t going too far in front, the debutant bagged his second try on 50 minutes. Hardman missed the conversion, with Featherstone losing 22-20. Fax were dealt a blow a few minutes later when Mitch Cahalane was sin-binned for a high shot on Chris Ulugia. Two penalty goals in quick succession from Briggs put Featherstone 24-22 up in the final quarter. The topsy-turvy match continued when Tyrer touched down to send Halifax back in front with 13 minutes remaining. The conversion was unsuccessful and the lead stood at two points, which was soon relinquished when Briggs kicked his third penalty of the game. The biggest play of the game occurred in the next set and, once again, Briggs was at the heart of it. After Thackeray launched a monster bomb into the air, the former Sheffield man picked up the pieces before diving over the line. The conversion was successful and the visitors managed to hold out for a great opening day win.

Halifax RLFC

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ben JohnstonScrum Half000000
3Steve TyrerCentre130000
4Ben HeatonCentre000000
5James SaltonstallWing000000
6Scott MurrellStand Off100000
8Mitch Cahalane 14Prop000100
9Ben KayeHooker000000
10Adam Tangata 15Interchange100000
11Shane Grady 16Second Row000000
12Simon Grix 26Second Row000000
13Jacob FairbankLoose Forward100000
14Ryan Boyle 8Interchange000000
15Luke Ambler 10Prop000000
16Ed Barber 11Interchange000000
19Connor RobinsonFull Back000000
26Alex Mammone 12Interchange000000
23Rob WorrincyWing100000
 Total 530100

Featherstone Rovers

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ian HardmanFull Back020000
3Chris UlugiaCentre000000
5Luke BriscoeWing100000
6Kyle BriggsStand Off140001
7Anthony ThackerayScrum Half000000
8Darrell GriffinProp000000
9Keal CarlileHooker000000
10Andy BostockProp000000
12John DaviesSecond Row000000
14Frankie MarianoSecond Row000000
15Brad TaggSecond Row000000
19Matty WildieHooker000000
21Josh WaltersSecond Row000000
22Ash HandleyWing100000
23Jack OrmondroydProp000000
23Josh HardcastleCentre200000
24Jordan BaldwinsonProp000000
 Total 560001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 5, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Halifax RLFC101626
Featherstone Rovers161632

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