Sheffield Eagles vs Halifax RLFC: Match Preview

26th April 2019, 16:03

Sheffield Eagles vs Halifax RLFC: Match Preview

By Jacob Kilbride | Photo by Simon Hall

The Match

Halifax RLFC will be aiming for a fifth straight victory over Sheffield Eagles when they travel to the Olympic Legacy Park on Sunday afternoon.

Sheffield currently sit third in the Betfred Championship table and Halifax, 8th, will be eager to cut the six-point gap that separates the two sides.

The match will be streamed via the OuRLeague App. 

Form Guide

Sheffield are one of the form sides in the division, with only leaders Toronto Wolfpack taking more points than them in the past five league matches.

The Eagles have won four of their last five, the most impressive of those being a 44-16 thrashing of Toulouse on Good Friday.

Halifax fell to successive defeats when they lost 56-4 away to Toulouse on Easter Monday after a 33-26 loss to Bradford on Good Friday. Fax had won their last three matches in all competitions prior to that, including a 24-16 Challenge Cup upset of Super League outfit London Broncos.

Head to Head

Halifax have enjoyed some recent success against Sheffield, completing the double of the South Yorkshire club in the past two seasons.

Welsh international Chester Butler scored twice for Halifax in a 42-6 victory at The Olympic Legacy Park back in May, in the most recent meeting of the two sides.

Team News

Halifax coach Richard Marshall welcomes back captain Scott Murrell and Chester Butler into his 19-man squad. Murrell missed the Easter period with an abductor problem, while Butler could make his first appearance of the year after an X injury which has seen him ruled out for the first few months of the year.

James Saltonstall and Harry Kidd miss out due to back and knee injuries, respectively, sustained during Easter Monday’s defeat to Toulouse.

Shane Grady (ACL) is out for the season while Ben Johnston (hand) and Sion Jones (knee) continue to recover from longer-term injuries.

Simon Grix remains sidelined with injury while fellow forward Adam Tangata is four to five weeks away from being fit to being able to make his return for the club.

Squads

Sheffield: Josh Guzdek, Ryan Millar, Ben Blackmore, Pat Walker, Anthony Thackeray, Pat Moran, James Davery, Mattt James, Brad Knowles, Joel Farrell, Aaron Brown, Greg Burns, Oliver Davies, James Glover, Sonny Esslemont, Blake Broadbent, Rory Dixon, Ben Hellewell, Nathan Mason

Halifax: Ed Barber, Chester Butler, Will Calcott, Reece Chapman-Smith, Liam Cooper, Connor Davies, Curtis Davies, Jacob Fairbank, Dan Fleming, Ben Kavanagh, Kevin Larroyer, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Brandon Moore, Elliot Morris, Scott Murrell, Shaun Robinson, Will Sharp, Steve Tyrer, James Woodburn-Hall.