Hunslet Hawks: Eaton admits key to survival is turning close defeats to victories

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Turning narrow defeats into victories is the key to Hunslet Hawks’ survival hopes.

Hawks are second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship, but have picked up nine bonus points – for losing by 12 points or fewer – from their 16 defeats this season.

The latest came at Barrow Raiders six days ago, when Hawks were beaten 28-26 after trailing 28-6 at half-time. Just a couple more wins would have eased Hunslet – who are at home to Leigh Centurions tomorrow (3pm) – into mid-table and coach Barry Eaton reflected: “Nobody can say we aren’t competing. We have got to turn close losses into victories before the end of the season if we want to stay up.”

Leigh are fresh from winning the Northern Rail Cup final against Sheffield Eagles last Saturday and Eaton hopes they have spent the week celebrating.

“It might be a good time to play them, or the worst,” he said. “But at this stage it is about us doing what we need to do. We are scoring points, but we are trying to score on every attack rather than building pressure and waiting for the right time and the right opportunity. We are conceding a lot of tries on the back of forcing passes and not being able to recover.”

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