Halifax put league woes behind them

Halifax put all their Co-operative Championship woes behind them in grabbing a semi-final place in this year’s Northern Rail Cup at the expense of Toulouse courtesy a dream-like opening first half hour when they rattled off five well-constructed tries to seal the French side’s fate.

Conditions so different to when the Yorkshire men crossed the Channel just a few weeks previous for the league encounter.

This time far more at ease in the summer-like setting using their speedy backs orchestrated so well by the midfield triangle of Graham Holroyd, Danny Jones and Sean Penkywicz in top form.

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The powerful Rob Worrincy got them off the mark early on after Miles Greenwood had made in roads. Then Penkywicz darted over from Holroyd’s short pass and it was already double figures.

Neil Cherryholme’s plunging run to the posts brought more misery to the French hope’s and it was more or less sealed before half time by a brace of tries from the impressive Jones exhibiting nifty footwork and opportunism.

The Toulouse full-back Gregory White got his side at last moving with a neat try but at 4-30 they were already under the cosh.

Unlike though against Featherstone the week before they showed more resilience this time and rebounded well in the third quarter well led by half back Darren Nicholls.

They picked up a dozen unanswered points from converted tries from Nicolas Faure and Timothy Wynn to bridge the gap and cause Halifax a little unease before Holroyd intervened to steady the ship creating a smart try for the flyer White kicking directly from the scrum possession.

The French wouldn’t let go, battling away and further tries from Constant Villegas and Nicholls kept the game alive as the clock counted down.

Toulouse: White, Payan, Planas, Olari, Villegas, Nicholls, Worth, Anselme, Corcoran, Wynn, Maria, Houles. Substitutes: Pelo, Faure, Larroyer, Bienes.

Halifax: Greenwood, Worrincy, Haley, Goddard, White, Holroyd, Jones, Ostick, Penkywicz, Cherryholme, Larder, Chandler, Fairbank. Substitutes: Beswick, Gannon, Smith, Watene.

Referee: M Thomason (RFL).

Rochdale beat Whitehaven 49-18 in Championship 1. Swinton edged out London Skolars 38-30.