Hunslet Hawks: Hawks hunting out '˜killer instict'

BOSS MATT BRAMALD is confident Hunslet Hawks can get themselves into the promotion race, if they develop a killer instinct.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 5:22 am
Matt Bramald

Hawks finished seventh in Kingstone Press League One after a 35-30 victory over visitors North Wales Crusaders two days ago.

They will now go into a new eight-team competition after which the top two will meet in a promotion final.

The losers of that will have a second chance in a play-offs series against the sides finishing third, fourth and fifth.

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“Our initial objective was to get into the eight, which we’ve done and we are three points away from getting into the play-offs,” Bramald said. “We have got to make some ground up, which we can do because teams will be taking points off each other every week.”

Hawks trailed 18-4 in the first half against Crusaders, but were 22-18 up at half-time and 35-18 ahead after 62 minutes, before the visitors hit back.

“We need to develop that killer instinct, that ruthlessness to put a team away,” Bramald said. “We should have been able to open up in the last 20 and express ourselves, but we got a bit nervous when they scored a try and it could have gone really bad for us.

“We were clinging on at the end.”

Fixtures for the new competition will be confirmed this week.