HALIFAX RL bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Kingstone Press Championship play-offs as they were beaten 29-10 at The Shay by reigning Grand Final winners Sheffield Eagles.
Having already seen off the Eagles in the qualification semi-final at the Don Valley Stadium Halifax started high on confidence but reached the interval trailing.
A try from Ryan Fieldhouse and a Steve Tyrer goal lifted Halifax, but the 2012 competition winners hit back with touchdowns from Pat Walker, Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Misi Taulapapa, plus two Dominic Brambani goals, to lead 16-6 at the interval.
However, Halifax edged themselves back into the contest with a Tyrer try reducing the deficit at the start of the second half.
However, the holders were not about to let their grip slip on their crown and a Scott Turner try and Brambani goal eased them two scores ahead and a Brambani drop goal gave the Eagles a firm hold on victory.
A late Brambani penalty only served to rub salt into Halifax’s wounds.
Halifax: Fieldhouse; Reittie, Tyrer, Heaton, Sheriffe; Murrell, Handforth; Tonks, C Ashall, B Davies, Manning, Divorty, Adamson. Replacements: Ambler, Bracek, Robinson, Holden.
Sheffield: Lauulu-Togagae; Taulapapa, Yere, Armstrong, Turner; Walker, Brambani; Battye, Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Szostak, Hirst. Replacements: Davey, Green, Straughier, Higgins.
Referee: M Thomason (RFL)