Hunslet Hawks will go into tomorrow’s home Ladbrokes Challenge Cup shootout with Dewsbury Rams (3pm) in buoyant mood.
Hawks are ninth in the Kingstone Press Championship, four places and as many points behind Rams, but are on the back of a victory over Whitehaven last week and have beaten Dewsbury once already this year.
“We will take a bit of confidence from the last time we played them,” Hunslet coach Barry Eaton said of the 18-6 league win at South Leeds Stadium at the start of last month.
“But they have made some big improvements and they were outstanding against Bradford the other week.
“They are a good side, they are fifth in the league and they look like being up there throughout the season.
“We know it is going to be a tough task, but we will give it our best shot and we’re not lacking confidence.
“It is a break from the league, something a bit different for the players and we want to progress to the next stage.”
Hawks gave high-flying Sheffield Eagles, Leigh Centurions and Halifax a run for their money before the win over Whitehaven.
“We’ve not put in an 80-minute game yet,” Eaton admitted.
“We’ve had good patches in games and we’ve had some good form.
“We were maybe a bit below par last week, but you’d expect that after Easter.
“We’ve had a full week to prepare and we are looking forward to it.”
Rams coach Glenn Morrison said his side are keen to get into the sixth round and avenge the earlier league loss at Hunslet.
“That was the only game we really didn’t deserve to win,” he recalled.
“We weren’t good enough, we didn’t turn up to play at all and they well and truly beat us.
“We are a lot better than that and we want to prove it to ourselves and everyone else.”
Morrison added: “We want to win for that reason and also to get through into the next round and hopefully draw a Super League side and test ourselves there.
“Last year playing at home to Wigan was outstanding, we had a great crowd, the fans really enjoyed it and up to 60 minutes we pushed them and had a chance.”