HUNSLET HAWKS have to learn quickly from their 68-6 home hammering by Bradford Bulls, coach Barry Eaton says.
Bulls were beaten by Featherstone Rovers at Odsal last week and Eaton – whose side travel to Leigh Centurions tonight (8pm) – said: “We copped a backlash.
“Bradford were very good, but we didn’t adapt to what they were doing offensively.
“Jake Mullaney came back in for them and was outstanding, he burned us so many times with his pace coming into the line.
“That was a real problem for us, that we never really adapted to.”
Hawks face an arguably even more daunting task tonight. Leigh are unbeaten at home since the start of last season and will go top of the Kingstone Press Championship if they win.
Eaton admitted Hawks will need to cope better than they did on Sunday when the opposition get on the front foot. He said: “We didn’t handle the pace that Bradford played at and Leigh are similar, so we’re going to have to roll our sleeves up.
“We have got to get our chins off the floor, that’s the nature of the competition we are in.
“We’ve got a midweek game because of Leigh’s Challenge Cup exploits and it’s tough.
“We didn’t want it and we’ve got Doncaster on Sunday as well, which is a massive game.
“But we’ve got to go to Leigh and try and get some positivity to take into the Doncaster game.”
Putting in a strong performance is Hawks’ first priority, according to Eaton. He added: “We have been in good form, we have come close to some top sides over the last few weeks.
“We copped a bit of a shellacking from Bradford, but we’ve got to go to Leigh and plan to enjoy ourselves and play the game as it should be played and hopefully do ourselves justice, so we can take that into Sunday.”