In-form Hunslet full of confidence as they head to title favourites Bradford

AN EIGHT-GAME winning sequence will send Hunslet into a challenging run of matches in high spirits and confident mood.

Saturday, 24th March 2018, 4:35 am
Gary Thornton.

Only Betfred Championship leaders London Broncos can match the Parksiders’ hot streak, which stretches back to last August, but Hunslet coach Gary Thornton knows they face a step up in class at Bradford Bulls tomorrow (3pm). They are at home to Keighley Cougars on Good Friday, play host to Bulls in a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie – rearranged from last week – on Easter Monday and visit Oldham six days after that.

“There’s a couple of short turnarounds there and we’ve got a tough few weeks coming up,” Thornton said. “But we are pretty confident and pretty excited about going to Bradford. There’s a good spirit in the camp, winning games on the bounce gives you that and breeds confidence, but we know it is a step up in opposition and we will have to improve our performance accordingly.” Thornton added: “Bradford are expected to be up there at the end of the year, but I don’t think we’ve anything to fear if get our act together and play the way we can play. It’s a decent stadium and it’ll be a good atmosphere and hopefully that’ll give us a bit of a lift.

Cain Southernwood is available, but Hunslet have injury doubts over Mufaro Mvududu, Brad Foster, Danny Grimshaw, Ryan Mallinder and Nyle Flynn.

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Loan forwards Josh Jordan-Roberts, from Leeds Rhinos and Leigh Centurions’ Jack Blagbrough are both set to make their debut tomorrow.

Blagbrough, a prop, joined Hunslet from Leigh Centurions yesterday. He made one Super League appearance for Huddersfield Giants in 2013, and spent last season at Australian club Mackay Cutters.

Thornton said: “He is quality. It is a massive boost to get a player of his experience and he is coming at a great time for us.”