Finn will be the big threat, says Ambler

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GOAL-KICKING half-back Liam Finn has been identified as the man Halifax need to stop when they face Featherstone Rovers in Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup final.

Halifax’s former Leeds Rhinos prop Luke Ambler has played alongside Finn for Ireland and knows how much trouble he can cause if he isn’t wrapped up.

“He is a key man in their team,” said Ambler, who signed a two-year deal with Halifax earlier this month after being released by Leeds.

“He does a great job for them and we have to make sure he doesn’t have his best game. We are concentrating on ourselves, but he does create a lot of threat for them and we have to watch him closely.

“For us it is about sticking to the game plan, which we have gone away from in recent weeks.”

Ambler – who is also Halifax’s business development manager – has been cleared to play in the Blackpool final and reckons it could be a classic.

“They are a great side, but we aren’t doing too badly,” he said. “We have shown we can more than compete with them and we are hoping we can do the same as we did when we won at their place.”

Ambler made nine Super League appearances for Rhinos in 2010 and spent last season on loan at Harlequins. He was loaned to Halifax earlier this season, before the deal was made permanent.

He admitted he was disappointed not to get an opportunity after a big pre-season with Leeds, but insisted: “I have come to my home-town club and I am loving my rugby more than I ever have.”

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