Halifax RLFC 38-28 Swinton Lions

BBC Whitehaven Halifax


In an action packed game at MBi Shay, Halifax moved up to fifth place in the Championship with a 38-28 win over Swinton Lions. The hosts were in the lead from the seventh minute onwards although Richard Marshall’s side had to work hard in defence to keep the Lions at bay, despite conceding twice late on when the game was all but won.

Swinton kicked the first points of the game in the third minute as Chris Hankinson slotted over a penalty, though their slender lead didn’t last long. Steve Tyrer and Adam Tangata both touched down in quick succession as Halifax aimed to take control of proceedings. Ben White cut the deficit to four points with Swinton’s first try of the contest. James Saltonstall and Mike Butt then swapped scores for the hosts and visitors respectively before Halifax’s Elliot Morris bagged the final try of the half. Tyrer converted and also kicked a penalty to make the score 24-12 at the interval.

The second half started in fine fashion for Halifax with Shane Grady touching down to extend the lead to three scores following Tyrer’s conversion. Grant Gore responded quickly for Swinton as they gave their opponents a reminder that they wouldn’t go away. In the final quarter, Tyrer kicked a penalty prior to Jacob Fairbank crossing the whitewash for an important try. Despite being 38-18 down, Swinton didn’t pack up and go home and they got their reward with tries from Hankinson and Butt. It proved too late for a comeback of any gravitas but Lions coach John Duffy should be impressed by the character in his team, even though they weren’t on the right end of the result today.

Halifax RLFC

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ben JohnstonScrum Half000000
2Will SharpFull Back000000
3Steve TyrerCentre170000
5James SaltonstallWing100000
6Scott MurrellStand Off000000
8Mitch Cahalane 20Prop000000
9Ben Kaye 25Hooker000000
10Adam Tangata 14Prop100000
11Shane GradySecond Row100000
12Simon GrixSecond Row000001
13Jacob Fairbank 15Loose Forward100000
14Ryan Boyle 10Interchange000000
15Ryan Lannon 13Interchange000000
20Elliot Morris 8Interchange100000
22Chester ButlerCentre000000
25Matt Wilkinson 9Interchange000000
33Niall EvaldsWing000000
 Total 670001

Swinton Lions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack MurphyFull Back000000
2Shaun RobinsonWing000000
3Chris HankinsonCentre140000
6Grant GoreStand Off000000
7Chris AtkinScrum Half100000
8Rob Lever 19Loose Forward000000
9Anthony Nicholson 22Hooker000000
11Connor Dwyer 17Second Row000000
13Andy ThornleyLoose Forward000000
14Ben WhiteCentre100000
15Andy BracekSecond Row000000
16Anthony Bate 18Interchange000000
17Oliver Davies 11Interchange000000
18Ben Austin 16Prop000000
19Josh Barlow 8Interchange000000
21Mike ButtWing200000
22Luke Waterworth 9Interchange000000
 Total 540000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 2, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Halifax RLFC241438
Swinton Lions121628