Hunslet Hawks sweating on Briscoe’s fitness for make-or-break season decider at York Knights

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HUNSLET HAWKS are sweating on the fitness of on-loan Leeds Rhinos utility-player Luke Briscoe for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One semi-final at York City Knights.

Briscoe suffered an arm injury in Hawks’ 50-6 thrashing of Gateshead Thunder two days ago and is their only major new injury concern ahead of this weekend’s make-or-break clash.

The youngster missed the defeat by Oldham in Hawks’ opening tie due to a sore foot, but coach Barry Eaton said: “That has settled down and there was no problem with his foot. He came off the bench and made three or four great carries, then he hyper-extended his elbow. He only played about 10 minutes and had to come off.

“It has settled down a bit, but we don’t know how sore it will be over the next couple of days, so he’s our biggest doubt.”

Eaton was delighted with his side’s nine-try performance against Gateshead.

“They have been playing really well,” he said. “They did a number on Gateshead and only lost by a few points against York.

“We had two good wins over them in the league, but we knew we couldn’t rely on that. We really worked hard for each other and we built our performance on being dominant defensively.”

George Flanagan.

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