Four-try Divorty keeps the pressure on rivals

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Halifax piled the pressure on top-two rivals Featherstone and Doncaster with a 42-24 win over Rochdale at the Shay.

On a day when Rovers and Doncaster both lost, four tries from Wales back row Ross Divorty helped Karl Harrison’s Halifax climb up to third, above the Dons and just three points shy of Rovers.

Halifax went in front on 10 minutes, Divorty finishing a long-range attack down the left.

Centre Steve Tyrer added the extras for a 6-0 lead before Divorty added a carbon copy of the first try and Tyrer made it 12-0.

Halifax were in again straight from the kick off, former Wakefield wing Peter Fox bamboozling the defence and Ryan Fieldhouse taking the scoring pass.

Tyrer missed the kick to leave the scores at 16-0, before Rochdale opened their account when back row Dave Llewellyn touched down and half back Paul Crook added the conversion.

Rochdale’s Ryan Sheridan cut the gap to 16-12 at the start of the second half, but the home side scored twice more in quick succession through the excellent prop Luke Ambler, pushing the score out to 28-12.

Rochdale replied through Crook, before Divorty and Chris Baines traded tries to leave the score poised at 32-24 with 14 minutes remaining.

When Divorty scored a fourth though and Luke Adamson charged over, Fax were home and hosed.

Halifax: Fieldhouse; Fox, Tyrer, Heaton, Saxton; Brown, Johnston; Tonks, Kaye, Ambler, Adamson, Divorty, Bracek. Substitutes: Murrell, Mennell, Casey, Brooks

Rochdale: English; King, Davies, Littler, Robinson; Crook, Sheridan; Walker, Dandy, Thompson, Llewellyn, Jones, Suffolk. Substitutes: Cookson, Baines, McClurg, Tilley

Referee: J Bloem (RFL).