Hunslet Hawks: Eaton not shying away from importance of final regular game

Barry Eaton.
Barry Eaton.
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TOMORROW’S FINAL game of the regular season, at home to Workington Town (3pm), is vital for Hunslet Hawks, coach Barry Eaton admits.

It’s a big one,” said Eaton, whose team are on a nine-game losing run in the Kingstone Press Championship. “They have leapfrogged over us in the last couple of weeks and they’ve added a fair bit of quality over the last month or so, with [ex-Wakefield back] Jarrod Sammut and Iain Thornley, from Wigan, playing there.

“But we know it’s another game that, on our day, is winnable, so we will be giving it our best.”

Points earned in the regular season carry over into the Championship Shield.

With the bottom two from the third-eights being relegated to National One, Eaton admitted it is crucial they don’t let Workington get too far ahead.

Hawks are second from bottom, eight points ahead of Doncaster, two behind Batley and Whitehaven and three adrift of Workington and Eaton added: “We will end up playing them again and if we win it will put us in good stead for those last seven [Shield] fixtures and winning enough of those to stay up.

“We’re confident we can do that. We have reviewed last week’s Batley game and offensively we are playing some very, very good rugby and we are conceding tries we’d like to think we can eradicate, tired tries and tries through lack of communication or players being in the wrong place.”