In-Profile: Halifax RLFC

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14th September 2018

Widnes Vikings take on Halifax RLFC on Saturday 15th September in the Super 8s, The Qualifiers at the Halton Stadium.

Francis Cummins’ side will be looking to build on a promising performance last week at home to Leeds Rhinos, as they aim to pick up their first win of The Qualifiers.

Ahead of the visit of the Championship outfit, the Vikings media team have taken a closer look at Saturday’s opponents…

Regular Season Finish:

4th (Betfred Championship)

P 23, W 16, L 6, D 1, PTS 33

Points For: 643, Points Against: 416 Points Difference: +227

Coach: Richard Marshall

Head coach of Halifax since 2015, Richard Marshall has proved his worth to the club by securing top four finishes in three of his four seasons in charge. In the first season of the Super 8s format Marshall took the club to within two points of a place in the Million Pound Game, as they finished ahead of Sheffield Eagles and Leigh Centurions.

The following season they were unable to match that feat, but have since made back-to-back top four finishes against the odds, finishing above teams with significantly higher budgets. Before the season began Halifax were given no chance of making the top four, but due to Marshall’s ability to get the best out of his players they proved the critics wrong, securing a place in The Qualifiers at the expense of Leigh and Featherstone Rovers.

Marshall has a big future ahead and should be expected to make the step-up to Super League very soon.  

Danger Men:

Scott Murrell: Club captain Murrell has been a consistent performer for Halifax since his arrival in 2013, with his game-management skills proving crucial in their top four finish. His ability to keep his nerve in pressure situations has become a valuable asset to the Club, and the 33-year-old has top flight experience on his side.

He was part of the Hull Kingston Rovers side that gained promotion to Super League back in 2006, and he has also represented his boyhood club Leeds Rhinos and London Broncos.

Shane Grady: A familiar name to Vikings supporters, Grady has proven himself as one of the Championship’s top back rowers since his arrival at The Shay. He is in his second year with Halifax following a spell in Australia after departing Widnes, returning to England to feature for London Broncos, Hemel Stags and Dewsbury Rams.

He is a no-nonsense forward who is solid in defence and offers plenty of threat in attack, with his tall frame proving difficult to contain.  

Chester Butler: An up and coming second rower, Butler has been touted for big things after his breakthrough season in 2018. He first came to the limelight in Halifax’s 2017 Qualifiers campaign, as he scored twice against Warrington Wolves in front of the Sky cameras before going on to gain representative honours with Wales.

The hard-running and hard-hitting back rower has a big future in the game, and Halifax will be delighted to have secured his services for the 2019 season.

Form: LLLLWW

Halifax finished the Championship season strong, with a home victory over Toulouse Olympique effectively securing their place in The Qualifiers. Despite losing all four of their Super 8s fixtures, Marshall’s side put in huge efforts against Toronto Wolfpack and more recently Hull KR, as they lost out 38-24 in a high-scoring encounter. Those performances underline the threat that Halifax possess, and they will be determined to pick up the two points on Saturday.

Tickets

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