By Jacob Kilbride
Head coach Richard Marshall has stated that there will be changes to the team as Halifax prepare to face Hull Kingston Rovers in the Betfred Super 8s Qualifiers this Sunday afternoon (3pm).
Halifax suffered their heaviest defeat of the season last weekend against Salford Red Devils - falling to a 62-4 loss - and were also dealt a blow by injuries to key forwards Jordan Baldwinson and Simon Grix, with the former out for the reminder of the campaign.
Marshall says alterations will be made to the side that makes the trip to the KCOM Craven Park as Fax bid for their first win of the Qualifiers.
“We will be changing the team around this week,” Marshall told FaxTV. “That’s as a result of last week and also with a view to learning from last year, as we’re starting to pick up some injuries now.”
“I want to try and limit that by utilising the whole of the squad. There’s also a lot of boys in our squad that haven’t played too much and deserve a chance to play for Halifax.”
“James Saltonstall should be ok for this week, after picked up a hamstring strain over in France. We’re hopeful that he’ll come back into the team..”
“Kieren Moss can’t play against his parent club, so Will Sharp, James Woodburn-Hall, Conor McGrath or James Saltonstall are our options at full back.”
“Simon (Grix) has got a stitched up cheekbone which is very swollen. He’ll have a head assessment this week, with a view to him playing this weekend, but we’ll probably leave him out.”
“Jordan (Baldwinson) has reputed his MCL ligament in his knee and he’ll be out for 10 weeks. It’s really unfortunate because I liked what he offered and what he did for the team.”
Despite last week’s result, Marshall remains upbeat and believes a strong response will further underline the character of the squad.
“We had a really good review on Tuesday, particularly on the first-half and the difference between the two teams and those small margins and fractions between them and ourselves,” he continued.
“It’s always about how you bounce back from defeats. We’re all about being a tough and gritty team and you need to get through some of those experiences to find out if you are that (type of) team. This season we’ve been fantastic, but it is difficult against Super League teams.”
To watch the full interview with Richard Marshall click the link below.