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Grix proud of Fax as they exit Challenge Cup

28th July 2019, 19:10 by Tom Hill

Halifax coach Simon Grix says his team produced a brilliant display in their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to St Helens.

The part-time Championship side were always expected to lose Saturday's match at the University of Bolton Stadium, but they put in a brave display to only lose 26-2.

Their aggressive work in defence caused St Helens to dig deep and they eventually booked their place in the final, where they will play Warrington Wolves in August.

Halifax have struggled in the Championship this season but Grix was delighted with their performance as they put the second tier on the map.

He told the Yorkshire Post: "Our effort was brilliant, we just ran out of energy a little bit, which was why the scoreline drifted at the end.

"But what am I on about? That scoreline was miles better than anyone expected.

"If truth be told, I've played us down all week, but in the back of my mind there was always a feeling that we'd turn up for a big game, for an occasion.

"We rose to the challenge and had a dig and they've earned their praise and a few beers. We made some early errors, but we had some steel about us to be able to defend them. If we'd managed to get to the finish of those sets, end them better, or even just turn the ball over on their line, then we might have been in a bit better shape.

"At 8-2, we were obviously pleased at half time and we spoke about them being human; they're a great side, but they're not super-human.

"It was a positive dressing room, because the players had realised they could compete."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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