Hawks hunt out three wins on spin

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THREE WINS is the target for Hunslet Hawks as they bid to avoid relegation from the Kingstone Press Championship.

With just five games left it is a tough order for bottom of the table Hawks, but boss Barry Eaton is convinced it can be done.

Hawks visit Dewsbury Rams on Sunday (3pm) and Eaton insisted: “It is do-able. We have picked up 10 bonus points and that shows we’ve been really competitive.

“We just need to find a way to turn close games into wins.”

Hawks have picked up a bonus point – for losing by 12 points or fewer – in each of their last four matches, going down 28-20 at Keighley Cougars, 30-26 at Doncaster, 28-26 away to Barrow Raiders and 19-12 against visitors Leigh Centurions.

“I am pretty certain if we pick one win up we will pick two or three up,” Eaton added. “But bonus points are not going to be good enough.”

Rams are eighth and need a win to remain in play-offs contention.

“They’ve been really consistent,” Eaton observed. “They’ve challenged all the top sides and probably the difference between them and us is they’ve won some close games.

“We’re expecting it to be tough and tight, it’s a small pitch and they are a big physical unit.”

Jake Normington is due to undergo surgery on a fractured cheekbone on Monday so drops out, but Thomas Coyle will return. James Davies (back) remains an injury doubt and Matthew Tebb has been recalled by Rams after his loan spell ended yesterday – and could play against Hawks tomorrow.

Rams boss Glenn Morrison said: “They are playing for their place in the division and we’re playing for the semi-finals – it is a must-win for both teams. We have to win to keep our season going.”

Rams hope to have Aaron Brown back from injury and Makali Aizue is also set to feature.

Dewsbury Rams coach, Neil Kelly. PIC: Paul Butterfield

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