Hunslet: Absence from Cup ideal for Hawks

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FORMER LEEDS Rhinos winger James Duckworth could be facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a leg injury in Hunslet Hawks’ 40-4 defeat at Dewsbury Rams two days ago.

“He is all right we think, in terms of there’s no fracture,” coach Barry Eaton reported.

“But he was taken off on a stretcher with what we suspected was a broken leg in the first half.”

Hawks also lost Callum Casey (sprained ankle) before half-time and Simon Brown (bruised sternum) couldn’t take the field after the break.

Hunslet have no game this weekend, due to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round and Eaton said: “It’s perfect timing.

“There were maybe some signs last week against London that we were starting to get a bit jaded. Some of the players aren’t used to the intensity of playing week-in, week-out for 34 weeks-plus, so this week will be good for us to review where we’re at, reevaluate and reaffirm some of our goals.

Of Sunday’s game, Eaton said: “We started well and had some real good opportunities. We bombed a couple of tries as well, but in the second half I think they felt we were wilting a bit, they are a big, physical side and they went for it and their physicality just took the game away from us.

“The second half performance was probably our worst this year. But they were good, they are in some form.”