Rugby League: Halifax in need of help

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Halifax 12 Canberra Raiders 42

Halifax slumped to their 11th consecutive defeat yesterday and even the presence of John Bentley on the wing, fresh from the Lions' victorious tour of South Africa, could not inspire the Blue Sox to achieve anything other than a vague respectability.

Mal Meninga's Raiders are rated the second best club side in the world and they showed it, giving Halifax no chance of ending their poor run.

It was a mixed afternoon for Bentley. He set up a try for Halifax, made several strong runs and tackles, but was sent to the sin-bin in the second half for holding down in the tackle.

The match was only eight minutes old when Canberra scored the first of their eight tries. The best one came early in the second half when Ken Nagas scored a quite astonishing individual effort.

He gathered a kick deep inside his own half and ran a full 100 yards down the left wing, cut inside and spurned the opportunity of an easy touchdown to score underneath the posts.

It was a beautifully balanced run, taking out four Halifax defenders, and Bentley, who scored a comparable try in South Africa, could only watch in wonder.

Halifax: Umaga; Bentley, Powell, Bouveng, Tuilagi; Pearson, Dean; Harrison, Rowley, Boothroyd, M Jackson, Baldwin, Moana. Substitutes used: Amone, Seal, Highton, O'Laughlin.

Canberra : Nagas; Boyle, Croker, Wiki, Nadruku; Daley, Stuart; Pongia, Priddis, Davico, Kennedy, Furner, Clyde. Substitutes used: McFadden, Burnham, Woolford, Wesley.

Referee: J Connolly (Wigan).