Defiant Halifax coach Karl Harrison hasn’t given up on a second-place finish in the Kingstone Press Championship – and having a big finish to his side’s season.
Fax suffered a massive blow to those hopes with Sunday’s 20-4 home defeat to Featherstone Rovers in front of a bumper 3,022 crowd in the clash billed as the £250,000 showdown – the difference in prize money for the teams finishing second and third in the Championship.
Second-placed Featherstone are now in pole position to claim the spot behind champions Leigh Centurions, having opened up a two-polnt lead on Halifax ahead of their remaining two games against at home to Sheffield Eagles and at Keighley Cougars.
“Finishing second is out of our hands now,” said Harrison.
“We have to rely on other teams to beat Featherstone and we have to beat Doncaster and Barrow, which is no easy task in itself.
“But we certainly haven’t given up all hope, that’s for sure.
“And we also need to think about getting into Grand Finals, and that’s what we intend to do.
“There are two big league games left then a play-off series,, and we intend to be in the big games.
“We’ve been playing knockout football for a few weeks. We were nine games undefeated going into the Featherstone game. To lose on the 10th was disappointing. but I suppose runs are meant to be ended.”