Halifax 20 Waterloo 7: Relegated Halifax celebrate at long last

After 20 successive league defeats, relegated Halifax at last found form and put on an impressive display of 15-man rugby to beat old rivals Waterloo.

A sound defence, an attacking flair, and an ability to cut out mistakes were the key elements in the win.

Although Waterloo attacked from the start, the Halifax defence was sound. Centre Ben Mitchell was prominent, but hesitated when clear before No.8 Richard Brown made the first of several good breaks to enable his backs to strike. Centre Oli Marns finished off a good move to cross for his sixth try of the season, which Joe Knowles converted.

The Halifax pack came to the fore, with a well-executed 25-metre rolling maul, which allowed hooker Will Kay to be driven over and Knowles converted.

Halifax increased their lead to 17-0 when Knowles kicked a penalty. After the break, with the strong wind at their backs, Waterloo made a lot of effort but the Halifax defence was sound.

Waterloo centre Jason Duffy was sent to the bin but Halifax could not take advantage before Knowles added a penalty. Waterloo at last showed a glimpse of some attacking play, when centre Nic Mazzucato dummied his way over for a converted try.

Halifax: Knowles, Hall, Marns, Mitchell, Brear, Gordon, Dillon, Blades, Kay (27 Townsend), Walsh, Brown, Harrison, Moon, Lewis, R. Brown.

Waterloo: Lowden, Parrot, Mazzucato, Duffy, Dodd (55 Nuttall), A. Davies, Feijoo, J. Jones, Ormisher (40 M Jones), Pani, Nugent (55 T Davies), Davidson, Shaw, Bradley, T. Davies (40 York).

Referee: L Pearce (RFU).