Hunslet: Eaton admits to ‘scare’ at Doncaster

Barry Eaton
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HUNSLET HAWKS’ Summer Bash win over Doncaster pleased coach Barry Eaton, but he admitted they were given a “scare”.

Hawks are eighth in the Kingstone Press Championship, just one place below former Super League side London Broncos, after a 25-12 win in Blackpool two days ago.

“We had a good grip on the game for large periods of it,” Eaton said. “It was a bit scary in the second half when they got within four points, but with what’s happened at Doncaster, usually when a team loses their coach, the week after they all stick their chest out and have a dig.

“They did that, so we had to overcome it.

“We were ready for that and for Doncaster being at their best, so it was a really pleasing win.”

Hawks’ experience in last season’s Championship One title decider helped them, Eaton felt.

“It had a different feel to it and we prepared a little bit differently, similar to how we prepared for the Grand Final last year,” he said. “We treated it as a one-off big game, it suited our prep’ and we got the win in the end.”

Eaton will check on Michael Haley (knee), Liam Mackay (dead leg) and Mufaro Mvududu (hamstring) before naming his side to face visitors Sheffield Eagles on Friday.