Eagles warned of ‘Penky’ threat in Rail Cup semi-final

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ hooker Andrew Henderson knows he will have to edge Halifax’s number nine out of the queue if he’s to book a ticket to the Northern Rail Cup final.

Henderson and Sean Penkywicz are both good at sneaking a try from dummy half close to the line and their clash around the ruck is a potential game decider: “I’ve played against Penky for a number of years and he offers a lot for Halifax, a lot of their play revolves around him,” said Henderson.

“What Halifax do really well is they all push and support well. A lot of their play runs off the half-backs Anthony Thackeray and Paul Handforth but a lot revolves around Penkywicz.

“As soon as they win the collision they go for the quick play-the-ball and he’s out picking up the ball and he’s a very dangerous player. He’ll give a lot of options, a very clever player with vision and skill - he’s definitely a threat in attack.”

The pair go head-to-head when the clubs meet in the semi-final at Don Valley Stadium tomorrow night (kick-off 7.30pm).

Henderson in his role as expert commentator on the satellite TV weekly live game watched as Fax were pushed off top place in the Championship with a 24-4 home defeat to Featherstone Rovers.

“Halifax were well and truly outplayed,” he said. “They lacked go forward and weren’t clinical but they will be working on that this week and we’re warned.”