HALIFAX coach Karl Harrison will continue to experiment as he prepares for Sunday’s friendly clash with Dewsbury Rams.
The Shay side started their warm-up for the season with a 42-16 win against Keighley on Boxing Day at Cougar Park.
Former Great Britain prop Harrison reshuffled his back line and could make changes again.
“There is an argument about whether it’s better to have someone at full-back who can create something for other people playing back there – it’s an ongoing discussion,” said Harrison.
At Cougar Park Anthony Thackeray was at full-back and produced a promising performance.
The absence of regular starter Ryan Fieldhouse through illness gave Thackeray his chance and he set up a try for Steve Tyrer as Fax ran in five touchdowns to distance their Championship rivals.
“Thacks gave us a little bit of zip but Ryan is probably one of the best returners of the ball in the competition,” said Harrison.
“Thacks got shoved into touch once, gave the wrong ball a couple of times, but as a first experiment I thought he did okay – it’s certainly something we’ll be looking at again in the next couple of games.”
Rams boss Glenn Morrison will be expecting a stronger display from his men after their 28-18 Boxing Day defeat at neighbours Batley Bulldogs.
Dewsbury showed heart in fighting back from 18-0 down at half time to score four second-half tries and Morrison said: “We had 12 new players coming together for the first time but we will continue to improve.
“We worked as a team and showed glimpses of what we have worked on in the last six weeks of training, and it was good to get our first ‘hit out’ – the commitment shown was good.
“We wanted tough friendlies so the boys can gel quickly. We have Halifax and Bradford to come and we will look to improve again.”