HUNSLET HAwks and Batley Bulldogs will be playing on the same ground on Sunday, against different opponents.

John Kear.
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Hawks take on Sheffield in a Kingstone Press Championship clash at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium (4.15pm), where Eagles are lodging during work to build their new home base.

That game will be played after Doncaster take on Batley (2pm) in the same competition.

Bulldogs, who have a doubt over Brad Day (concussion), hammered Normanton Knights 78-6 in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup last Saturday and coach John Kear reckons that was good preparation ahead of the Easter schedule.

“It was a good game for us,” Kear said. “It didn’t take too much out of our players, which is pleasing because obviously energy-wise we’re entering a really difficult period of the season.”

Meanwhile, Hawks coach Barry Eaton is predicting changes to his line-up over the next three games.

After Sunday, Hawks face a Good Friday home meeting with Championship leaders Leigh Centurions, then travel to London Broncos three days later.

Eaton made wholesale changes for last weekend’s Challenge Cup tie at League One side University of Gloucestershire All Golds, which provided much-needed game time for many of Hawks’ fringe players.

“We’ve got three massive games in eight days and I’d be very surprised if we were able to go with the same 17 in all three,” Eaton said.

Admission to Sunday’s double-header is £20 for adults, £16 concessions and £5 for juniors.

Batley tryscorer Dave Scott. PIC: Paul Butterfield

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