By Jacob Kilbride | Photo by Simon Hall
Halifax RLFC begin their 2019 Betfred Championship home season wit as they host play-off rivals leigh Centurions at the MBi Shay Stadium this Sunday.
Round one ended in a defeat for Halifax, with relegated Widnes Vikings claiming a 40-16 victory at the Select Security Stadium.
Meanwhile Leigh caused arguably the upset of the round after defeating third-placed Toulouse 24-16 at the Leigh Sports Village.
Head to Head
Fax have struggled in their recent meetings with the Centurions, with 4 defeats coming their past 5 matches. The last meeting at the Shay saw a win for Halifax tough, with Shane Grady scoring three times in a memorable 38-18 triumph.
Richard Marshall welcomes Reece Chapman Smith into the 19-man squad for the first time after his off-season move from Leeds Rhinos, after the full-back overcame his pre-season injury problems. Ben Johnston, Shane Grady, Chester Butler and Connor Davies remain absent through injury.
Fax duo Steve Tyrer and Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e could reach career milestones this weekend. Tyrer’s try last week against Widnes put him within 2 tries of 100 Halifax tries and just 3 tries away from 150 in his career. Meanwhile, QLT needs just 3 tries to reach 200 in his career.
Halifax: Ed Barber, Will Calcott, Reece Chapman-Smith, Liam Cooper, Jacob Fairbank, Dan Fleming, Simon Grix, Ben Kavanagh, Ben Kaye, Kevin Larroyer, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Brandon Moore, Elliot Morris, Scott Murrell, Shaun Robinson, James Saltonstall, Will Sharp, Steve Tyrer, Ben White
Leigh: Gregg McNally, Jonny Pownall, Iain Thornley, Stefan Marsh, Martyn Ridyard, Josh Woods, Tom Spencer, Micky Higham, Sam Brooks, Toby Adamson, Andy Thornley, Luke Adamson, Tom Cator, Nick Gregson, Mitch Cox, Luke Douglas (DR), Matty Costello (DR), Jack Ashworth (DR), Aaron Smith (DR)