Army come to the aid of the Hunslet Hawks

MILITARY training will add the final touches to Hunslet Hawks' pre-season preparations.

Player-coach Paul March is taking his squad to Catterick army camp in North Yorkshire for a final team-bonding session this weekend.

"We're going from Friday to Sunday," said March. "There will be a couple of physical sessions with the PTs up there – log running and that sort of thing.

"We will also be doing team- bonding stuff, command tasks and things like that. Hopefully it will be enjoyable."

March denied that that sort of camp is a risk a week before the season begins.

He said: "Ideally, we wanted it in the first week in January, but the paperwork didn't go through in time.

"This is the only free weekend we've got. With so many new faces, it is a chance to get to know one another off the field.

"It'll be ideal leading up to the first game. We play Batley after that and they'll be another chance to see how far we've come and how far we've still to go."

Hawks have completed their trial matches ahead of their Northern Rail Cup group opener at Oldham on Sunday, February 6, losing to Featherstone Rovers and Leeds Rhinos and beating Keighley Cougars.

March is confident Hawks are heading in the right direction.

He felt they conceded some "soft tries" in their opening two trial games, but put that right against Keighley last weekend.

"We defended really well," he said. "They scored one try 15 minutes in, but we kept them out after that – and ball in hand we scored some good tries."

The coach was also encouraged by ex-Dewsbury Rams centre Matthew Fox's debut.

"He slotted straight into the side," said March. "He hadn't trained,

but he adapted well to what we are doing.

"It will be good to see what he can do once he has trained with us."

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