It took 5 minutes for Fax to start the scoring, Jouffret putting Matty Gee through a gap to break through and go close. On the next tackle, the Frenchman utilised the overlap on the short side to dummy his way over on the right flank.
Joe Keyes converted for an early 6-0 lead which the Panthers never looked like losing. This, because the pride in their defence was clear to see.
Forcing errors or holding the Bulls players up over the line, this was a Fax side putting as much pride into their defence as their attack. This laid the platform for Jouffret to score once more. The plaudits for this one though have to go to Jacob Fairbank and Will Calcott, their brilliant interplay in midfield gave the supporting Jouffret chance to claim the final offload to race under the posts to the delight of the healthy home crowd. Keyes’ boot made it 12-0 and the Panthers playing with their tails up.
Keyes was off target from the tee for the first time but he was converting another Fax try 90 seconds later as the Panthers went back to back. A brilliant Adam Tangata offload set James Woodburn-Hall racing up field, the fullback was stopped but it gave Fax the territory to strike this time on the left. Jouffret’s perfectly weighted pass gave Jake Maizen the space to go around his opposite number to score. 22-0 up at the break and the game was practically over.
Woodburn-Hall, Walmsley, Maizen, Tibbs, Saltonstall, Jouffret, Keyes, Calcott, Moore, Murray, Kavanagh, Gee, Fairbank
Subs: Inman, Lannon, Tangata, McComb
Tries: Jouffret (3,16) Saltonstall (34,48) Maizen (37)
Goals: Keyes 3/5
Walker, Blackmore, Myers, Gill, Qareqare, Holmes, Patton, Rogers, Lilley, Scurr, Appo, C Butler, Thompson
Subs: R Butler, Foster, Johnson, Jowitt
Match Sponsors: Bibbys of Halifax
Match Ball Sponsors: The Old Post Office
Man of the Match: Louis Jouffret