Halifax beat Wigan in Wheelchair RL clash
Halifax WRLC overcome ousted Wigan Warriors in a 21-try thriller at North Bridge, Halifax in their third WRLA Super League contest by a score line of 88-18.
Halifax’s Jack Brown had a spectacular game grabbing twelve tries and two assists with Andy Wharton converting 12 points.
The lacklustre Wigan defence allowed Halifax to get off to an explosive start with four tries being touched down in eight minutes, two from Brown and one each for Wharton and Tony Andrews.
Wigan finally got the breakthrough from a loose ball with Adam Rigby crossing over.
Rigby scored another two late on with conversions to collect all of Wigan’s points respectively.
Halifax continued to punish their opponents in the second half with Brown landing nine more tries and Wayne Boardman coming on as a substitute to score a hat trick in the last ten minutes to complete the rout.
The crucial win means Halifax are now two points adrift of league leaders Mersey Vikings.
Wheelchair Rugby League:
Wheelchair rugby league is similar to the running game with adaptions for wheelchair users though you do not have to be disabled to play.
You can have a maximum of two able bodied players on court at the same time out of the five players on court.
Tries are scored with downward pressure over the try line but those with limited movement who cannot reach the floor have to touch the ball on their wheel as they cross over for a try to count. Once scored tries are then converted by punching the ball over the posts using an extended post to position the ball at chair height.
Drop goals are very rare but do happen. The ball must hit the floor and then be punched over on its way back up for it to be legal.
Tackles are made by removing tags off the player’s shoulders. As in the running game once five tackles have been completed, the ball is turned over to the other team.
Games are played in two halves of 40 minutes.
For more information on Wheelchair Rugby League visit http://www.therfl.co.uk/play/wheelchair