By Jacob Kilbride | Photo by Simon Hall (OMH Photos)
Halifax RLFC booked their spot in the Coral Challenge Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 with a convincing 34-6 triumph over Dewsbury Rams.
Chester Butler and James Saltonstall each grabbed two tries while James Woodburn-Hall and Shaun Robinson each registered scores, with the latter claiming his 100th career try.
It took Halifax just seven minutes to take the lead as Butler took Woodburn-Hall pass to barge over.
Dewsbury were down to 12 men when Liam Finn held down Ed Barber following a 40/20 from Scott Murrell.
Halifax capitalised as Jamaican international Woodburn-Hall turned scorer with some nice footwork near the line a couple of plays later.
Simon Grix’s side were three scores in front when Barber showed some quick thinking to kick through for Saltonstall to touch down.
Steve Tyrer converted all three efforts.
The Rams managed to prevent any further scores before the interval and registered their first points when Lucas Walshaw charged through, with Finn converting.
But Halifax were never really in much danger of letting their lead slip, with Butler grounding a Murrell kick shortly after the restart and then, minutes later, Robinson finishing from Ben White’s delightful chip in the opposite corner.
Tyrer converted the latter of the two tries, before coming off injured.
With three minutes to go, Saltonstall squeezed over for a second.
Ben White took the kicking duties and missed, but there was time for a penalty goal on the last play.
Dewsbury: Gabriel, Worrincy, Walshaw, Ryder, Morton; Brown, Finn; Garratt, Ward, Sheriffe; Trout, Knowles, Igbinedion
Subs: Mackay, Field, Kibula, Kilner
Tries: Walshaw (31’)
Goals: Finn (1/1)
Halifax: Woodburn-Hall, Saltonstall, Tyrer, Butler, Robinson; Murrell, White; Kavanagh, Kaye, E Morris; Barber, Larroyer, Fairbank
Subs: Moore, Fleming, Cooper, Connor Davies
Tries: Butler (7’, 46’), Woodburn-Hall (10’), Saltonstall (22’, 77’), Robinson (51’)
Goals: Tyrer (4/5), White (1/2)