COACH BARRY Eaton says the odds remain stacked against his Hunslet Hawks side, but they are still “in there fighting”.
With two teams to go down and Doncaster already doomed, Hawks are second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship table. But – after a run of 12 straight defeats – they have picked up back-to-back victories at London Broncos and Whitehaven and are just two points behind Batley Bulldogs with three games left. Hunslet are at home to Doncaster tomorrow (3pm) and Eaton said: “We’re still behind the black ball – we are still favourites to go down, but the fighting spirit we’ve shown has given us an opportunity. It’s not over yet and we will keep fighting on.”
The successive victories were achieved despite a lengthy injury list and Eaton said: “We’ve been missing seven or eight players who would have been in the 17, not including dual-registration players we had earlier in the season, but players have come in and done a good job. Lewis Reed, for example, only played once before the last two, but he has come in and done a really solid job for us. Monday’s win at Whitehaven wasn’t the prettiest, but in terms of grit and attitude, the boys showed the fighting spirit we asked for.”
Eaton reckons a repeat performance will be needed tomorrow. He said: “They can just go for it, but hopefully we’ll keep that same attitude and we’ll get the job done.”