Hunslet boss Coyle wants to see more

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THEY WILL travel south in confident mood, but coach James Coyle reckons Hunslet have to improve in tomorrow’s Kingstone Press League One clash with Hemel Stags (2pm).

Hunslet are on a two-game winning run after a 34-0 victory over Coventry Bears in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and last week’s 10-6 success against University of Gloucestershire All Golds which kicked off their league campaign. They were contrasting performances and Coyle said: “We played a bit better rugby against Coventry.

“We wanted to improve on that last weekend, but – because of the conditions – we couldn’t really read too much into whether we improved our skill level and execution.

“We ground out a win in difficult circumstances and found a way of getting a result. We had two tries disallowed in the second half which could have made it a bit more comfortable, but in the last 10 minutes if we’d made one error or one person had switched off we could have ended up losing.

“We had to close the game out and it was good to see we were able to do that. Hopefully the conditions are better this week, but is is not a massive pitch and that is going to challenge our skill a bit.

“We will have to be better than we have been in the last two games. We want to improve every week anyway and that’s our goal for Sunday.”

Coyle is confident Hunslet will get better as the weather improves and pitches dry out.

“We’re not the biggest team by any stretch,” he said. “We’ve probably been smaller physically than any team we’ve played from this competition.

“But we’ve got some exciting players and we want to play rugby. When we get some dry tracks we’ll be able to play more football and you’ll probably see the best out of this side.”

Hunslet celebrate winning the Shield (Picture: Simon Hall)

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