Fax wouldn’t be down for long though, as Matty Gee powered onto a Louis Jouffret pass to plant the ball down on the whitewash before scorer turned provider. James Woodburn-Hall went on the blindside from dummy half on the last tackle, his pass found Gee who threw an outrageous effort out the back to send James Saltonstall flying over for his 11th try of the season right on the half time hooter. Jouffret converted both for a halftime lead of 8-12.
Just as he did on Good Friday last year, Jouffret took the direct route and powered his way over the try line in the right hand corner which he converted for a 14-18 lead. The Panthers grabbed the next score and for many thinking in the ground, including the early departing Bulls fans, the match winning score. Kyle Wood’s chip to the corner claimed by the free scoring Lachlan Walmsley, who wriggled out of a challenge to go over in the corner for his 25th try of the season. Jouffret blotted his copybook from the touchline and this miss would in time prove crucial.
Halifax had the chance to see the game out but rather inevitably the Bulls got out of jail. Chasing the game with just seconds remaining, Segeyaro chipped over the Panthers defensive line in hope rather than expectation but was inexplicably taken out after the kick by Adam Tangata. Referee Tom Grant blew for the penalty which Patton nailed under pressure to tie the game.
There was still drama to come though as Jouffret’s restart grubbered its way dead giving Fax one more chance from the goal line drop out but Patton was accurate from the boot once more, his drop out deep and leaving Saltonstall too much to do to keep it in play. 2 points shared between the two sides but in the eyes of Coach Simon Grix and many Fax supporters, it was certainly a point lost.
Holmes, Blackmore, Arundel, Gill, Foggin-Johnston, Patton, Lilley, Baldwinson, Flanagan, Lawrence, Butler, Thompson, Appo
Subs: England, Scurr, Rogers, Segeyaro
Tries: Arundel (9), Rogers (46), England (71)
Goals: Patton 3/3
Penalties: Patton 2/2
Woodburn-Hall, Walmsley, Tibbs, Crooks, Saltonstall, Jouffret, Wood, Calcott, Moore, Murray, Kavanagh, Gee, Larroyer
Subs: O’Brien, Tangata, Lannon, McComb
Tries: Gee (27), Saltonstall (37), Jouffret (57), Walmsley (65)
Goals: Jouffret 3/4