Cen­tu­ri­ons sur­ren­der as Tyrer leads Hal­i­fax to im­pres­sive win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

HAL­I­FAX lit the blue touch­pa­per on a slow-burn­ing 2018 sea­son with a home thump­ing of Cham­pi­onship pro­mo­tion favourites Leigh.

The Cen­tu­ri­ons, rel­e­gated from Su­per League last au­tumn, now have a one-from-six record, de­spite a star stud­ded full time squad, bol­stered fur­ther in mid­week by Leeds star­let Jor­dan Lil­ley.

For Fax, it was their third win, but by far the most im­pres­sive as Richard Mar­shall’s side, who were 28-0 up at half time af­ter a first half blitz, fi­nally showed signs of hon­ing their at­tack­ing threat.

Hal­i­fax hit the front, Shane Grady tak­ing John­ston’s pass and break­ing Craig Hall’s tackle to score by the posts.

Steve Tyrer con­verted for a 6-0 lead and added the ex­tras to Bran­don Moore’s try.

Grady scored his sec­ond off a peach of a pass from Si­mon Grix, Tyrer again on tar­get, be­fore Ben Heaton ex­ploded over the line from close range to score his side’s fourth.

Tyrer’s kick left Fax lead­ing 24-0 and when Hall made a hash of a spec­u­la­tive kick, Grady was on hand to drib­ble the ball over the line and score.

Leigh needed some kind of mir­a­cle to threaten to out­come of the con­test and they made a start when Hall picked off a loose off­load and ran away to score, Jor­dan Lil­ley con­vert­ing for 28-6.

Hall was in again on 57 min­utes, again di­rect from a loose ball, this time a lot fur­ther up­field, Lil­ley briefly rais­ing the prospect of the un­think­able at 28-12.

But a try for Tyrer, cre­ated bril­liantly by John­ston and Grady, pushed the score out to 32-12 and al­though Evans touched down with 15 min­utes re­main­ing, the re­sult was put be­yond doubt when Grady set up a great fin­ish from Tyrer, the cen­tre con­vert­ing his own try.

STEVE TYRER: Scored two tries and kicked five goals to help Hal­i­fax stun vis­i­tors Leigh.

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