Four quick tries set up Hal­i­fax’s home vic­tory

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

FOUR TRIES in a 15-minute spell ei­ther side of half-time se­cured Hal­i­fax a cru­cial 26-16 Cham­pi­onship win over Lon­don Bron­cos at the Shay.

Richard Mar­shall’s side were 10-4 down half an hour, but re­sponded with an at­tack­ing blitz that left Lon­don floun­der­ing at 26-10 with 35 min­utes re­main­ing.

The vis­i­tors opened the scor­ing on 10 min­utes, with Rhys Wil­liams scor­ing af­ter an out­stand­ing pass from cen­tre Ben Hellewell and Jar­rod Sam­mut con­vert­ing.

Hal­i­fax with­stood a sus­tained bom­bard­ment, with a string of penal­ties and the sin-bin­ning of hooker Bran­don Moore for dis­sent leav­ing them hang­ing on un­til cen­tre Steve Tyrer scored against the run of play.

With tempers flar­ing, Ben Johnston and Api­rana Pe­whairangi were both sin- binned af­ter a scuf­fle, leav­ing the home side to play for four min­utes with 11 men un­til Moore re­turned.

The Bron­cos scored again when a blind pass from Will Sharp went loose and some slack cover de­fence al­lowed El­liot Kear to score at the other end, but Sam­mut missed the goal.

Hal­i­fax got back into it as cap­tain Scott Mur­rell cre­ated back-to-back scores for Shane Grady and Si­mon Grix, Tyrer ad­ding a sin­gle con­ver­sion and a penalty as Fax went 16-10 up.

And right on half-time they added an out­stand­ing fourth try, Mur­rell kick­ing high to the cor­ner and young winger Con­nor McGrath ap­ply­ing a bril­liant acro­batic fin­ish.

Tyrer’s missed kick saw the home side go to the break lead­ing 20-10 and when the cen­tre scored and con­verted his own try five min­utes af­ter half time, that was ef­fec­tively that, with Will Lovell scor­ing a late con­so­la­tion.

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