Manning’s landmark appearance

Kingstone Press Championship - Rugby League - Batley Bulldogs v Halifax. Halifax's Dane Manning. (D542B309)
Kingstone Press Championship - Rugby League - Batley Bulldogs v Halifax. Halifax's Dane Manning. (D542B309)

Dane Manning will be hoping to mark his 100th game for Halifax with a derby win over Bradford Bulls at the Shay this afternoon.

Manning, a consistent performer for the club, received a specially embroidered shirt from ex-forward Paul Dixon, a league and Challenge Cup winner with Fax in the 1980s, at training this week.

The player would no doubt swop it for a derby victory today in the final match before the sides turn their attentions to the Super Eights.

Halifax will be looking to avenge a couple of away defeats this season at the hands of their neighbours and extend their winning run to nine games.

Bulls coach James Lowes believes both sides will have one eye on the next stage of the campaign.

He said: “The best thing is to get through this game unscathed with no major injuries.

“We are really now focusing on preparing well for our first game in the Super Eights - The Qualifiers.

“Let’s get through this game and crack on with the next phase. I would imagine Halifax’s approach will be very similar, they have got to prepare for the qualifiers as well. It will be an interesting game.”