By Jacob Kilbride | Photo by Simon Hall
Halifax RLFC will be aiming to claim victory over Super League opposition when they face London Broncos in the Coral Challenge Cup fifth round at the MBi Shay Stadium on Thursday night (7:30pm kick-off).
Halifax registered their joint-highest points tally since June after dispatching Rochdale Hornets 48-24 at the Crown Oil Arena on Sunday; and Fax will be eager to secure a third straight win, for the first time this season, against London.
The Broncos have enjoyed a relatively strong start since their promotion to the Betfred Super League, upsetting the odds with wins over Wakefield, 2017 champions Leeds and reigning champions Wigan.
Danny Ward’s side have lost their last three matches though - to Hull FC, Huddersfield and Warrington - with the latter of those defeats (48-12) being their heaviest loss of 2019.
Head to Head
Halifax will be boosted by their recent good record at home to London, having won three of their last four matches against the capital club on home soil.
Steve Tyrer scored tries in both halves, as well as three goals, to inspire a 26-16 win over London last April, in the most recent meeting of the two sides in Halifax.
London have won back-to-back matches against Fax however, recording 20-18 and 23-16 wins in July and September of last season respectively.
Halifax coach Richard Marshall recalls French international second rower Kevin Larroyer to his squad after he recovered from injury. Welsh international twins Connor and Curtis Davies return to the 19-man squad while fellow Reserve grade talent Jordan Syme features for the first time this season.
Scott Murrell (groin), Jacob Fairbank (neck), Brandon Moore (hip) and Will Sharp (ankle) miss out after suffering minor injuries against Rochdale last weekend.
Chester Butler remains unavailable due to injury as are back rowers Simon Grix and Shane Grady. Half-back Ben Johnston (hand) and prop Sion Jones (knee) remain on the sidelines with longer-term injuries.
Full-back Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e bagged two tries against Rochdale last weekend, securing his 200th and 201st career try.
Another back closing in on a milestone is winger Shaun Robinson who sits just three tries short of 100 for his career. He's scored 6 for Halifax, 17 for Featherstone, 44 for Swinton, 5 for Rochdale, 3 for Dewsbury, 11 for Oxford and 11 for Oldham.
Halifax: Ed Barber, Will Calcott, Reece Chapman-Smith, Liam Cooper, Connor Davies, Curtis Davies, Dan Fleming, Ben Kavanagh, Ben Kaye, Harry Kidd, Kevin Larroyer, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Elliot Morris, Shaun Robinson, James Saltonstall, Jordan Syme, Steve Tyrer, Ben White, James Woodburn-Hall
London: Jordan Abdull, Sadiq Adebiyi, Eddie Battye, James Cunningham, Matty Fleming, Matt Gee, Ben Hellewell, Mark Ioane, Elliot Kear, Will Lovell, Nathan Mason, James Meadows, Ryan Morgan, Jacob Ogden, Eloi Pelissier, Jay Pitts, Greg Richards, Morgan Smith, Alex Walker.