Bradford Bulls 14 Halifax 21: Grix set to be named permanent Halifax boss

Halifax's Kevin Laroyer is tackled by Bradford's Matthew Storton & Mikey Wood.Halifax's Kevin Laroyer is tackled by Bradford's Matthew Storton & Mikey Wood.
Halifax's Kevin Laroyer is tackled by Bradford's Matthew Storton & Mikey Wood.
Halifax moved level with derby rivals Bradford in the race for the Championship play-offs with a second-half shut out sealing a ?21-14 win in Blackpool.

The victory, crowned by captain Scott Murrell’s late drop goal, was the fourth straight success for caretaker coach Simon Grix, who is expected to be officially confirmed as Richard Marshall’s permanent replacement next week.

Fax had trailed 14-12 at the break, but finally broke open a tense second half on 65 minutes when Jacob Fairbank’s cut out pass put full-back Quentin Laulu-Togagae into space and the Samoan coolly sent Elliot Morris romping under the posts.

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Steve Tyrer kicked the conversion to put his side back in front at 18-14, before adding a penalty with 12 minutes to go.

Fax had gone behind inside the opening five minutes, with back to back penalties carrying the Bulls from one end of the field to the other and Ethan Ryan’s pass giving David Foggin-Johnston the chance to stand Will Sharp up on his way to the corner.

Elliot Minchella’s conversion went wide and Grix’s side were level four minutes later, Scott Murrell’s towering kick being batted back by Liam Cooper, who started the game ahead of Kevin Larroyer, and Ben Kavanagh cleaning up for the try by the posts.

Tyrer converted to put 6-4 up, but another penalty and another piece of questionable defence on the flank allowed Dalton Grant to score in the other corner, Minchella on target to put the Bulls 10-4 in front after 16 minutes.

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Fax, who had Scott Grix making his second debut at half back after a 15-season absence, were lacking field position, but when they found it, they made it count; great hands from Murrell putting QLT over the line and Tyrer restoring their lead at 12-10.

With half time looming, Fax twice conceded penalties in kickable positions and, just as he had done at the Shay on Good Friday, Minchella accepted both, booting the Bulls back into the lead at 14-12.

It stayed that way until the break, although only after Sharp’s try, from QLT’s long ball, was rather controversially ruled out for a knock on.

The early stages of the second period were nip and tuck, but with 15 minutes to go it was 
Halifax who struck the telling blows.

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Halifax: Laulu-Togagae; Sharp, Butler, Tyrer, Robinson; Murrell, Grix; Kavanagh, Kaye, Morris, Barber, Cooper, Fairbank. Substitutes: Moore, Fleming, Larroyer, Davies.

Bradford Bulls: Ryan; Grant, Webster, Oakes, Foggin-Johnston; Milnes, Lilley; Kirk, Hallas, Crossley, Storton, Minchella, Wood. Substitutes: Farrell, Wildie, Green, 

Referee: T. Grant (RFL).