HUNSLET’S YOUNG guns will get an opportunity to make their mark tomorrow, against hosts Doncaster’s warhorse forwards (3pm).
Doncaster’s pack includes 37-year-old Jamie Thackray, who made his professional debut for Hunslet 20 years ago and ex-Wigan and Hull prop Iafeta Paleaaesina, 35. Keeping the south Yorkshire club’s forwards on the back foot is a huge challenge for Hunslet, but boss James Coyle is looking forward to seeing how they cope.
“They have got a good, experienced pack and a good coach,” Coyle said of Doncaster. “They [Thackray and Paleaaesina] are big, but they are old. We have got a different challenge for them. We have got a young, energetic set of forwards who want to play at a high intensity and the speed we want to play at might be somewhere they don’t want to go. They [Doncaster] are a really big and powerful set of forwards who can create momentum. They will do that in the way they play the ball and the quick rucks and things like that will challenge us. We have to understand how to defend going backwards because they are going to get quick rucks. We have to know how to deal with it.”
Coyle added: “They’ve got some good players around them. Liam Welham is a good player and Tom Carr goes really well at full-back. They have got some good quality and we can’t forget about those players because they’ve got some famous names in the front-row.”
Both teams have won their opening two Kingstone Press League One fixtures and Coyle predicted: “This game is going to give us a really good indication of what our improvements have been since the off-season.”