Tyrer’s tries help Fax tame the Lions

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: Late tries from young winger Conor McGrath and cen­tre Steve Tyrer snatched Hal­i­fax a cru­cial 18-12 Cham­pi­onship win over bot­tom side Swin­ton at the Shay.

The Lions, a prob­lem­atic propo­si­tion for Fax in re­cent sea­sons, led un­til the 75th minute, when a loose ball in their own 20 me­tre area fi­nally gave the home side’s mis­fir­ing at­tack a chance even they could not spurn.

Cap­tain Scott Mur­rell bobbed and weaved and fi­nally lofted the ball over the top for McGrath to score in the right cor­ner and put Fax ahead for the first time at 14-12.

And on the next set, Ben John­ston found the space to slip Tyrer over on the left, although the cen­tre’s missed con­ver­sions left Swin­ton in touch at 18-12 and paved the way for a ner­vous last two min­utes.

Ear­lier An­drew Thorn­ley touched down and Chris Hank­in­son con­vert­ing for a 6-0 lead to Swin­ton, which Fax can­celled out when Scott Mur­rell slipped young cen­tre Chester But­ler over just be­fore the half hour.

Winger Mar­cus Webb put the vis­i­tors 12-4 ahead with half an hour to play be­fore Tyrer scored his first try with 60 min­utes on the clock to cut the deficit to 12-10 and pave the way for the hosts’s vic­tory.

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