Hal­i­fax suf­fer heavy de­feat as they lose bat­tle to Hast­ings

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

HAL­I­FAX were given a bru­tal les­son in the re­al­i­ties of the Su­per 8s Qual­i­fiers as a slick, quick and in-form Sal­ford side ran riot at the Shay on their way to a 62-4 win.

Ian Wat­son’s Su­per League side, with the former Manly half back Jack­son Hast­ings – the late sea­son sign­ing who has ar­guably sal­vaged their year – im­pe­ri­ous, romped to a 30-4 in­ter­val lead be­fore eas­ing clear in the sec­ond half.

Cham­pi­onship side Fax, beaten by Toronto and Toulouse, emerged all guns blaz­ing and got their im­me­di­ate re­ward when the on-loan Hud­der­s­field Giants cen­tre Sam Wood put Ben Heaton away down the left and then backed up for the scor­ing pass.

Shane Grady’s con­ver­sion at­tempt drifted wide and Sal­ford were level within sec­onds when Hast­ings scored fol­low­ing an il­lad­vised off­load in the shadow of Fax’s own posts.

Winger Ed Cham­ber­lain scuffed the kick, and the game re­mained an even con­test for an­other 10 min­utes, which was how long it took for Cham­ber­lain to score him­self in the right cor­ner.

Af­ter that, the Red Devils were run­ning hot, with Cham­ber­lain and Robert Lui or­ches­trat­ing a free flow­ing at­tack.

Petero Nakubawai, winger Der­rell Olpherts, twice, and cen­tre Kris Wel­ham all scored be­fore half time, with only Cham­ber- lain’s way­ward boot lim­it­ing the dam­age to 30-4 at the break.

Ben Heaton made a brief ex­cur­sion down the flank early in the sec­ond pe­riod, but once Olpherts com­pleted his tre­ble with just six min­utes on the clock, Cham­ber­lain con­vert­ing, it was one way traf­fic.

Lama Tasi, Ju­nior Sau (2), Hast­ings and Josh Wood all added fur­ther tries for a blow out score­line that, un­for­tu­nately for Fax, was an en­tirely ac­cu­rate record of the af­ter­noon.

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