Sheffield Eagles v Halifax RLFC
Sunday 11th June 2017, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 17
Stats over last 8 encounters
Sheffield Eagles will be looking for revenge against Halifax this weekend following the West Yorkshire side’s triumph over Mark Aston’s men earlier in the season.
The Eagles have won their last two matches and look to be on the up while Halifax are three points adrift of the top four after a disappointing couple of weeks.
With just four points separating Halifax and Sheffield, the latter will be eying up another victory to move them closer to fifth-place.
Last Time Out
Sheffield Eagles beat Rochdale Hornets 38-14, with Garry Lo starring for the South Yorkshire side thanks to a five-try performance.
Lo notched the opening two tries of the contest before Jono Smith cut the deficit to two points by crossing the whitewash with moments of the first half remaining.
At 8-6 up, Sheffield needed a quick start in the second half to create some breathing space and they got just that. Lo completed his hat-trick prior to Menzie Yere and Jack Owens both touching down for the red and golds.
In the final quarter, Elliot Minchella dotted down a grubber from Simon Brown to all but seal the win despite Rob Massam’s double-salvo for the Hornets.
Lo finished the match in style with two more tries to his name, taking his tally to 21 for the league season.
Halifax, for the second week in a row, were beaten by a current top-four side as London Broncos posted a 34-6 win on home turf.
Fax were 22-0 down at the break after tries from Kieran Dixon, William Barthau, Andy Ackers, Jay Pitts and Rhys Williams. After the restart,
Ben Johnston notched the visitors’ only try of the game but the effort was in vain as Dixon and Mark Ioane added four pointers for the capital club.
Garry Lo is causing quite a stir in the Championship at the moment. The former PNG Hunters flyer is having a spectacular season for the Eagles, who may well be struggling without his contribution.
With a perfect mix of pace and power, Lo is a hard player to stop and with countryman Menzie Yere on the inside the Eagles have a dynamic duo.
The injury to Ben Blackmore may hamper Sheffield slightly but Paddy Flynn and Ryan Millar are both good wingers in their own right while the likes of Perry Whiteley can fill in at centre.
The talk of Lo and Yere shouldn’t take away from the fact that Halifax also have a quality backline, starring James Saltonstall and Steve Tyrer who have scored 27 tries between themselves this season.
Fax were rather under-strength against London with Connor McGrath handed a debut on the wing while Ed Barber and James Woodburn-Hall started at centre and half-back respectively.
The impact of Ben Johnston from the bench did bring a try and Eagles coach Mark Aston will know about his capabilities from when the Fax full-back/half-back has played internationally for Ireland.