Hunslet: Hawks set sights on ‘big guns’

Barry Eaton

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COACH BARRY Eaton is confident Hunslet Hawks will beat one of the Kingstone Press Championship’s big guns this season.

Hunslet have been competitive against most of the division’s promotion-hopefuls this year, including last Sunday when they were beaten 34-12 at London Broncos.

They have home advantage tomorrow against Featherstone Rovers (3pm) and Eaton said: “Fitness and physicality got us last week, not skill.

“Three of the tries we conceded were down to brute strength, rather than superior ability and we created some good opportunities ourselves, as well as having one ruled out that should have been a try.

“We are matching teams skill-wise. Some of them are dominating us physically at the end of games because they are full-time or have a lot of full-time players, but we are capable of knocking one of these big teams off.

“We’re hoping the bounce of the ball, a bit of luck and a clinical performance will enable us to do that.”

Eaton added: “On paper and financially we shouldn’t be competing with teams like Featherstone, Halifax and London, but we have been close and that is credit to the players. They have been putting a lot of effort in for sure.”

Rovers boss Andy Hay has a similar view.

“I think it is going to be a tough fixture,” he predicted. “I have watched their last two or three games and they haven’t been far off. They are a decent side with plenty of pace, their half-back partnership is working well, they have got two good hookers they are rolling around and big forwards.

“They will be preparing to win the game and we are not taking anything for granted. It is a tight pitch and they will make it tough for us.”

Rovers visit Bradford Bulls next Wednesday and Hay added: “To get through with a win and not many knocks and bumps would be ideal for us.

“We’re focusing on ourselves and making sure we do a job.”

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