Marshall wants Halifax to raise its game

Halifax coach Richard Marshall says his team need to put their defeat to Batley last weekend right by a good performance against Oldham tonight.

Halifax lost 32-16 at the Bulldogs in a tough encounter.

“The performance against Widnes probably took a little bit more out of us than we thought,” Coach Richard Marshall said.

“Batley were very good on the day, they played tough and used a really good, effective kicking game which shut down our plays. It wasn’t our best performance by any means, we need to improve this week.

“Oldham are a good team, they’ve beaten the best part-time teams in the competition and beat Hull KR in the Challenge Cup a few weeks ago. Scott Naylor is a good coach. They’re a very workmanlike team and go about their business very well.

“They play for each other, they’ll be coming to get a scalp this week and we’ve got to raise our game and our levels across the board, have a better kicking game and get our combinations working.

“But it’s a good week to do that, it’s a short turnaround, we’re not dwelling on last week’s performance; we need to put it right this week.”

Prop Mitch Cahalane should be available for Fax this week.

Oldham lost 56-14 at home to Leigh Centurions last weekend.

“We spent the first 40 minutes defending basically,” Coach Scott Naylor said.

“We got hammered 10-3 on the penalty count and by the time the 50-minute mark came round, we were absolutely exhausted and just had nothing left.

“We were brilliant for 30 minutes but unfortunately just ran out of gas due to the enormous amount of defending we had to do.

“It was unfortunate because we were looking forward to the game but it didn’t pan out the way we hoped it would. Halifax will be looking to bounce back from their loss last week.

“When Halifax came to us over the Easter period they were very good and we’re fully aware of their quality. We’re expecting a tough one.

“We’ve played Hull KR, Warrington and Leigh in the last four games and we’ve had a horrendous injury list. That’s the best team in Super League, another Super League team and the best team in the Championship.

We’re hoping we can get back to just playing what we class as our level of rugby and get a few wins.”


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