A TRUE Jekyll and Hyde performance from Jonty Gorley's Whitehaven saw his side gain a 14-point advantage before capitulating and conceding 38 unanswered points before a late consolation try to try and spare their blushes against a Halifax Panthers side who are making a habit of second-half comebacks. 

The Cumbrians were in complete control after the opening quarter scoring two tries and an early penalty goal giving Haven an early advantage, Jake Carter knocked over the encounter opening two points following a high tackle on Scottish international Guy Graham.

The visitors continued to pile the pressure on and were rewarded for their efforts just after the 20-minute mark.

Haven had forced a goal-line dropout on their previous set and the back-to-back defensive sets were too much for the home side to handle as Hanneghan powered over from short range exploiting a gap in the Panthers' defence. Carter once again added the extras. 

Then what ended up being the encounter's turning point? Ben Kavanagh was sent to the sin bin for a late tackle on Lachlan Hanneghan.

While your opposition going down to 12 men should be an incentive to try and kill the game off Haven struggled not completing their next sets as the Panthers revealed a man down. The home side also were able to score the first try of the game while a man down. 

A burst from James Woodburn-Hall on his 150th Halifax appearance saw him offload to Matty Gee, Gee was able to put a kick through while one one-on-one with Jake Maizen and it bounced kindly for the speedy Joe Keyes to collect and ground in the right-hand side corner. Jouffret's conversion sneaked inside of the right-hand post to reduce the half-time deficit to eight points. 

The second half was a contest where it seemed men were up against boys as the Panthers were dominant in all aspects of the game scoring six tries to the solitary consolation try in the final minutes from the abject Cumbrians. 

Ben Tibbs got the first try of the half as back-to-back penalties marched Fax up the field and when shifting the ball right to left the Haven defence was guilty of jumping in and leaving the space for Tibbs to crash over. Jouffret's conversion reduced the deficit once more.

Uncharacteristic errors from Italian international Jake Maizen against his former side saw a Charlie Graham duo with the home side grabbing the lead which they never looked in any danger of relinquishing.

A high kick from Louis Jouffret was clean-dropped by the Haven fullback. Graham reacted the fastest grabbing the ball and crossing the whitewash.

His second came with a diving effort in the left-hand corner with Maizen knocking on a high kick again this time resulting in a scrum with several plays later Graham touching down. Jouffret could add the extras on Graham's first four-pointer. 

The game was over as a contest just after the hour mark with tries on either side of the hour securing the two points.

Haven's defence was being burst at will with Matty Gee backing up James Woodburn-Hall's break just before the hour allowing Gee to touch down under the sticks. Minutes later the halves combined with Louis Jouffret on the end of a Joe Keyes break.

The Frenchman was able to add the extras on the duo of four-pointers. Haven looked shell-shocked and looked devoid of the ideas that had contributed to their initial advantage. 

The Panthers scoring was rounded off late on as Ed Barber was on the end of a neat pass close to the line following forcing a goal line drop out on the previous set.

Jouffret failed to add the extras in what was expected to be the match's final score but an error bringing the ball away from their own line saw the ball hit the floor and Rio Corkill go over on the right-hand edge.

Jake Carter couldn't add the extras from out wide as Haven was consigned to their eleven straight-away defeat vs the Panthers stretching back to 2010.