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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Halifax warning ahead of Whitehaven clash

Halifax coach Karl Harrison says his side must improve their game management when they host Whitehaven tomorrow (ko 3pm).

That comes after Fax conceded an 80th-minute try against Batley last weekend, only holding on for two points due to the touchline conversion being missed.

“Improving on being smarter with the ball and having much better game management is something we need to look at because we could have won comfortably last weekend,” said Harrison.

“We also need to be much more aggressive in the tackle against Whitehaven.”

Halifax sit third in the table and Harrison says that his team’s season’s goals haven’t changed.

“Our aim is we still want to finish second and to be in the grand final and win it.

“We beat Whitehaven earlier in the season and we’re hoping we can do the double over them.”

Haven have been in good form recently putting 70 points on their last two opponents. Individually Haven have also been impressive with winger Craig Calvert scoring five tries in his last two games – but Harrison says Halifax have done their homework.

“I’ve seen Whitehaven’s last two games and they’ve been looking good and playing some great stuff.

“They do have some great players but so do we and they will need to worry about those too.

“Our kicking game has to be good to make Haven start as far away from our line as possible.”

Harrison boasts an almost fully fit squad with only scrum-half Simon Brown a doubt for Sunday’s game.

“Our squad is looking very healthy at the minute. Whitehaven are playing really well at the moment, but we’ve done our homework and we just have to look after ourselves.

“We’re fighting to finish in second place and Whitehaven are fighting to avoid relegation, so I have no doubt it will be a very tough game and one both sides will be desperate to win.”

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