Hunslet missing several key men for clash against Doncaster

Hunslet RLFC head coach Gary Thornton will be without several key personnel for Sunday's Betfred League 1 meeting with Doncaster at the South Leeds Stadium.
HEAD COACH: Gary Thornton. Picture: Tony Johnson.HEAD COACH: Gary Thornton. Picture: Tony Johnson.
HEAD COACH: Gary Thornton. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Scrum-half Dom Brambani is still sidelined with a calf injury, while Jy-Mel Coleman remains unavailable through a groin strain.

Forward Harry Kidd is recovering from an arm injury; the trio could, however, all be back to fitness within a couple of weeks.

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Full-back Jimmy Watson who suffered an Achilles injury in the opening seconds of the Skolars game, saw a specialist yesterday.

Kiedan Hartley, who could have stepped in for Watson but for hamstring trouble, is two or three weeks away from being back in action.

The Parksiders go into this weekend’s fixture on the back of impressive victories against Rochdale Hornets and London Skolars, with props Alex Rowe and Zach Braham setting a strong platform each time.

Hooker Vila Halafihi scored a hat-trick at the Skolars, while threequarters Alex Brown and Tom Ashton have also been among the tries of late.

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Braham and Brown, together with half-back Coleman, prop Jordan Andrade and winger Aaron Jones-Bishop, have been named in Jamaica’s train-on group for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

Big signing from Championship side Newcastle Thunder, Mikey Wood, who put in a huge stint against London Skolars, is set to make his home debut against the Dons.

Meanwhile the speedy and elusive Lewis Young, who has been signed on loan from the Thunder by Thornton, is set to play at full-back against Doncaster, and centre Will Cooke has recovered from his leg injury.

Doncaster are one of the competition’s form teams, having only lost one of their six league games so far this term.

Only Barrow Raiders sit above the South Yorkshire side in the table while Hunslet have won three and lost three of their six League 1 fixtures this season.