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Halifax ended the 2016 Summer Bash by thrashing Featherstone Rovers 37-0 at Bloomfield Road.

The result was a real surprise considering Rovers came into the game with the best defence in the Championship so far this season.

Halifax took the lead after just four minutes through Adam Tangata, some good hands put Tangata in and he powered his way over as no Featherstone defenders could get to him in time. Steve Tyrer then made it a 6-0 lead with the conversion.

Gareth Moore then scored a stunning length of the field try to extend their lead to 12-0, after intercepting a pass as Featherstone were looking to level the game. Tyrer was then successful with the boot for the second time.

Moore then made it a 13-point advantage by adding a drop goal in the 29th minute.

Matt Sarsfield managed to find another gap in the defence after his teammates worked him into it to make it an easy score for him.

It then went from bad to worse for Rovers as Ben Johnstone came on the pitch and cut inside two defenders, after his teammates created the space with quick hands before grounding the ball, Tyrer kept up his 100% record with the boot to make it 25-0.

Fax made it 27-0 on the half-time hooter after Featherstone were punished for interference, stopping Johnstone from playing the ball and Tyrer made no mistake with his fifth successful kick at goal in the game.

However, Featherstone did have a stroke of luck when Misy Taulapapa kicked the ball out of the hands of the attacker when he was about to ground the ball, which resulted in Taulapapa being sin-binned but no penalty try was given, just a penalty on the ten metre line.

But the let off didn’t teach them anything as Fax scored again through James Saltonstal,l as quick hands put him in in the corner. Tyrer was unsuccessful with his kick this time but the lead was still 31-0.

A 31-0 lead then became a 37-0 lead as Fax’s hot streak continued, Featherstone couldn’t live with their passing and Tyrer was able to add a try to his impressive points haul for the day. He then converted his own try to make it six out of seven for him from the boot.

Halifax are now level on points with Bradford Bulls in the final Middle 8s position, Featherstone stay where they are, level on points with Bradford but they now have Halifax breathing down their necks.

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