Hunslet Hawks star Waine Pryce provides his view from the pitch ahead of the club’s fourth round Carnegie Challenge Cup clash against Salford City Reds
I AM really looking forward to Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie against Salford, for a couple of reasons.
For a start, it is a big game for Hunslet, there should be a big crowd and it is always good to test yourself against Super League opposition.
But also my mate, Wayne Godwin, plays for them and I’d love to go up against him. However, I watched their game at Harlequins last week on TV and he got knocked out, so I don’t know if he will be playing on Sunday.
I hope he is. I played with Wagga at Castleford and we are good mates – we still go down to watch the Tigers together when we can and we have had a bit of banter about the tie since the draw was made.
He has said that if I run at him, he is going to try and dump me, but I have told him that he will have to catch me – and handle my footwork – first.
If he plays, we will be looking for each other, so it should be a good contest – and I am going to run straight over him!
Sunday’s game is a big challenge for us. Salford are a full-time team, they have been a bit up and down this year, but they are starting to find a bit of form in Super League and they had a good win last week.
For us, it is all about putting in a decent performance because last week against Featherstone was really disappointing. They are a very good side, but we know we are a lot better than we showed on Sunday and that was the frustrating thing.
We have got to try and put a few things right this week, if we can. We have got plenty of Super League experience so we shouldn’t be overawed – it is just a case of turning up and playing as well as we can and then you never know.
It is a one-off game and shocks have happened in previous seasons so I don’t see why we can’t turn them over. As long as all the lads give 100 per cent commitment, we will be happy.
We can’t afford to think about them being a Super League side. It is 13 against 13 and we have got to stand our ground and play like men.
It would be great for Hunslet if we could get a result this weekend. I am really enjoying it at the club and I think we have gone all right so far this year, though we could be better.
We had two decent wins, against Toulouse and York, before the Featherstone game and we need to get back to that sort of form.
It is all about consistency and if we do lose games, we have to make sure we get a bonus point, which we haven’t been doing. It’s a tight division and that can make the difference between being in the top-six and in a relegation battle.
It is good to see my old club Castleford doing well this year. A few of the lads where I work are Cas fans, so we have a bit of banter.
I thought they were unlucky in the three games over Easter, but they are a good team and I am sure Terry Matterson will get them back to winning ways.
I have still got a lot of affection for Tigers. It was my first club, I came through the ranks and I like to see them doing well.
I have been to watch them a few times this year, along with Andy Lynch and Wagga. Whenever we get the chance we go down to support them, so it would be great to get through Sunday’s tie and maybe play them in the next round.