After battling defeats to three of their division’s top teams, Hunslet Hawks face a different sort of challenge tomorrow.
Hawks are at home to Whitehaven, one of two sides below them in the Kingstone Press Championship table (3pm).
Hunslet have won just two of their seven games so far, but boss Barry Eaton feels the way they played in their most recent matches, against high-flying Sheffield Eagles, Leigh Centurions and Halifax, would be good enough to claim the spoils against most Championship teams.
“It was disappointing results-wise, but very, very pleasing performance-wise,” Eaton said of the Easter period.
“We gave Leigh a run for their money on Friday and on Monday we were 24-20 up with seven minutes to go and just couldn’t hang on. I was very, very very proud of the boys’ efforts.”
Hawks are used to going into games as the underdogs and taking on a team below them on the ladder will be a new experience.
“We will probably be favourites,” Eaton predicted. “But Whitehaven have been playing well. They had a great result against Doncaster on Monday and that will give them a big boost of confidence.
“James and Thomas Coyle are coming back after leaving us in pre-season and they will think they have got the know-how on us.
“We are going to have to get around that. They will probably have a game plan to suit how they think we are going to play, but we need to perform like we have in the last three games. If we do, we will expect to win the game.”
Meanwhile, Dewsbury Rams pushed promotion-chasing Bradford Bulls close on Monday, but coach Glenn Morrison wants to see an improvement at bottom club Doncaster tomorrow (2pm).
“The effort was there,” Morrison said of the performance against Bradford. “But we set high standards and I think we were just below them. Individual errors are letting us down and we are not playing at our best. We still need to improve.”
Tomorrow’s hosts have lost all their seven games so far, but Morrison warned: “They finished above us last year and we know it will be a really tough game if they play the way they can. We have got to be spot on for this one.”