Stand off over play off date

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Sheffield Eagles and Halifax officials will today try to come to an agreement on when their second round Championship play-off game will be played.

Eagles want the knock-out tie to be at Bramall Lane on Sunday but Fax are holding out for Thursday night. “Hopefully we can come to a quick agreement – for the benefit of both sets of fans” said an Eagles spokesman. “This is a big game and we want an early decision.”

The winner will go into the elimination semi-final, only 80 minutes from an appearance in the Grand Final, with a £100,000 prize at stake.

Negotiations could be difficult with relations between Eagles and Halifax strained.

The clubs clashed last year over the controversial move of forward Sam Barlow to Fax. Despite Eagles protests Barlow played against them in the play-off semi, scoring a try in Fax’s 42-16 win. They went on to victory in the Grand Final.

If the clubs cannot reach an agreement the decision on when the game is played could be taken by the RFL.

The winner of the Eagles-Halifax game will face the loser from the first qualifying semi-final between Featherstone and Leigh being played on Thursday this week.