Sheffield Eagles 0-54 Halifax RLFC


Halifax kept their Qualifiers bid alive with an emphatic 54-0 victory over Sheffield Eagles at Beaumont Legal Stadium. The West Yorkshire club dominated from start to finish while the Eagles were woeful, with a shocking completion rate as well as some weak defending. Conor McGrath notched a hat-trick for the visitors while Mitch Cahalane was the best forward on the field for the blue and whites, who will go into next week with great confidence.

A sign of the Eagles’ poor defending on the fringes came with the first try of the game as James Woodburn-Hall stepped inside Menzie Yere to touch down. Steve Tyrer couldn’t convert but he made amends with a six-pointer in the 13th minute as the centre got on the end of a grubber. Woodburn-Hall soon doubled his try tally as Richard Marshall’s men started to put their foot on the gas. McGrath was next over for Fax after Garry Lo was stripped of the ball in a one-on-one tackle. Tyrer added the extras for 20-0 after 28 minutes but there was still two more tries to come before the interval as Halifax put the game to bed. Ben Johnston got on the end of a silky move to extend the lead before Tyrer’s conversion. McGrath completed his brace with five minutes remaining, Tyrer yet again kicking the goal for a 32-0 advantage after the first period.

In the second half, dual-registered forward Matt Wilkinson found a large gap in the Sheffield defence and he exploited it to perfection by touching down. Tyrer goaled. Halifax notched two more tries in the final quarter of the match as they passed the 50 point mark to the delight of their fans. Elliot Morris muscled his way to four points as he jinked out of a tackle underneath the sticks. The final score of the contest came courtesy of McGrath, who scored his third try of the game to bring up his first professional hat-trick. Lo failed to intercept and the ball fell nicely for the winger, who had an easy finish.

Sheffield Eagles

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack OwensFull Back000000
2Garry LoWing000000
3Menzie YereCentre000000
6Simon BrownStand Off000100
8Scott Wheeldon 17Prop000000
9Matty Fozard 14Hooker000000
10Mark Mexico 22Prop000000
11Matt JamesSecond Row000000
13Elliot MinchellaScrum Half000000
14Greg Burns 9Interchange000000
16Sam Scott 27Second Row000000
17Jordan Cox 8Interchange000000
18Ryan MillarWing000000
19Will HopeSecond Row000000
22James Green 10Interchange000000
24Paddy FlynnCentre000000
27Liam Johnson 16Interchange000000
 Total 000100

Halifax RLFC

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Ben JohnstonScrum Half100000
2Will SharpWing000000
3Steve TyrerCentre170000
6Scott MurrellStand Off000000
8Mitch Cahalane 24Prop000000
11Shane GradySecond Row000000
12Simon Grix 13Loose Forward000000
13Jacob Fairbank 12Interchange000000
16Ed BarberSecond Row000000
17Brandon Moore 25Hooker000000
20Elliot Morris 32Interchange100000
21James Woodburn-HallCentre200001
23Rob WorrincyWing000000
24Brandon Douglas 8Interchange100000
25Matt Wilkinson 17Interchange100000
32Daniel Murray 20Prop000000
38Connor McGrathWing300000
 Total 1070001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 11, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Sheffield Eagles000
Halifax RLFC322254