Halifax boss Simon Grix has seen signs that his players are on the upturn, despite falling to six successive defeats in the league.

Even though they have a Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens just around the corner, the Championship side have endured largely a disappointing season to date and are cut adrift from the play-offs.

However, Grix saw enough from his side in their battling 34-12 loss in Canada to Toronto to believe a win isn’t far away.

“We’ve not been in a great spot, but if we can play with the energy we have shown the last two weeks, we will give ourselves a chance,” he said.

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“I think we’ve seen enough against Featherstone and Toronto to suggest we are on the up again after a tough few weeks.

“The players are encouraged by what they’ve done in parts of those games and they know that if they put it together for longer spells they will get some reward from it.”