Sheffield Eagles 24-32 Halifax RLFC
Sunday 28th April 2019, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 12
Aaron Brown, James Davey, James Glover, Ben Blackmore,
Pat Walker (4),
Ed Barber, Scott Murrell, James Woodburn-Hall, Chester Butler (2),
Steve Tyrer (6),
The Eagles suffered their first league defeat on home turf in 2019 against a rejuvenated Halifax side.
Despite leading by two scores during the first half, eventually going into the break two points up, Sheffield couldn't hold out and the West Yorkshire side claimed the spoils.
Mark Aston gave a debut to London Broncos prop forward Nathan Mason, who linked up with the side on dual-registration.
It took Halifax three minutes to post their first points of the contest as Ed Barber crashed over. Steve Tyrer converted.
The Eagles bounced back well, though, with 14 consecutive points.
Aaron Brown scored an intereception try which Pat Walker converted.
The stand-off also kicked a penalty prior to James Davey scoring his first try of the campaign. Walker goaled for 6-14.
Fax struck back with two tries in quick succession but it was Sheffield who went into the break ahead as Ryan Millar finished a fine team move.
Things turned sour for Millar after the restart as he dropped a high kick and Chester Butler capitalised.
Tyrer converted and kicked a penalty soon after for a six-point advantage.
In the final quarter, Ben Blackmore kept Sheffield's hopes of victory alive with a stunning try. The winger chipped the ball over the top of QLT then beat Tyrer in a foot race to the line.
Crucially, Walker couldn't convert and Fax led by two.
Blackmore had a try ruled out five minutes from time as the referee deemed Sonny Esslemont's offload to have gone forward.
That seemed to blow the wind out of the Eagles' sails and the visitors sealed victory with moments remaining as Butler completed his hat-trick.
By Dan Fowler