Report: Roosters 42: Halifax Panthers 54

Report: Roosters 42: Halifax Panthers 54
Venue: Medway Park

Part of a Festival in Kent, the last game of the season was a great game between two teams who have enjoyed close encounters all year and this was no different. The panthers started well with Wayne Boardman and Rob Hawkins in control and pushing the lead out to 18 points with some clever play in the first quarter. Jason Owen enjoyed a purple patch for the Roosters with innovative kicking and scored a quick fire hat trick to drag the Roosters back in to the game. Failing to capitalize, the

Roosters lost momentum and Halifax dominated the second quarter and racked up a 14-36 lead at half time. The Roosters rallied in the second half and enjoyed periods of dominance, but never quite catching up with the lead. Jack Linden scored a great individual try, reminiscent of NRL flying wingers before he capped off a great team effort where all players handled twice before he scored on the hooter. It was in vain as Fax had been too good and enjoyed a two score lead throughout and will face Wigan at home in two weeks whilst the Roosters will travel to Leeds

Home Team Coach Tom Coyd said ‘We are pleased with our effort today and learned that we can match anyone on the day. We play knockout football next time around and, with a couple of key players returning, have much to build on from this game

Away Team Coach Wayne Board said ‘We got the job done today. All six of our travelling players had a role to play and they made it work. The Roosters gave us a game and we enjoyed the match, executed our plays and put ourselves in a good place for a home semi final