Hunslet start against Bears in the Shield

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HUNSLET WILL begin their Kingstone Press League One Shield campaign with a home game against Coventry Bears on Sunday, July 30.

Hunslet missed out on the Super-8s by two places and one point, but have secured four home games in the Shield.

The fixtures for the League One bottom-eights competition see Hunslet play home games against London Skolars (who finished 11th in the regular season), Gloucestershire All Golds (12th), Coventry (15th) and South Wales Ironmen (16th).

Their away games are against ninth-placed North Wales Crusaders, plus Oxford (13th) and Hemel Stags (16th).

Points carry over from the regular season and the teams finishing first and second after the seven remaining fixtures will play-off in the Shield final.

Hunslet ended their regular season campaign with a 
26-25 home win over Newcastle Thunder last weekend and coach Gary Thornton said that result and performance has given them something to build on.

“We were poor against London the week before,” he said.

“The players took some responsibility for their performance that afternoon and they put it right.

“We focused on certain things in training and they did exactly what we asked of them.

“Playing for contracts seems to have had an effect and there was renewed energy last week.

“Now we’ve got to try and finish as high as we can.”

Hunslet will be without Lewis Reed for the game against Coventry after he was banned for one match for a grade B punching offence.

Dewsbury Rams’ Macauley Hallett was also suspended for one game for grade B foul and abusive language, but Batley Bulldogs’ James Brown and James Davy avoided a ban for a grade A dangerous throw.

Wakefield Trinity’s Tinirau Arona admitted grade A kicking out, but was not suspended, while Leigh forward Jamie Action has been banned for nine games after admitting a charge of “other contrary behaviour” during his side’s defeat at Catalans.

Acton, 25, appeared to grab the shirt of Greg Bird, lift him and push him back to the floor while he lay injured.

He was also fined £300.

Hunslet’s fixtures are: Sunday, July 30 Coventry Bears home 3pm; Sunday, August 6, Oxford away 2pm; Sunday, August 13, North Wales Crusaders away 2.30pm; Saturday, August 19 Gloucestershire All Golds home 3pm; Sunday, September 3 South Wales Ironmen home 3pm; Sunday, September 10 Hemel Stags home 3pm; Sunday, September 17 London Skolars home 3pm.