Hunslet RLFC: Hunslet can steal Shield rivals’ thunder

Gary Thornton.
Gary Thornton.
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BOSS GARY Thornton says Hunslet will “make the most” of their involvement in the Kingstone Press League One Shield.

Hunslet finished 10th in the league following a 26-25 home win over Newcastle Thunder two days ago and will now take part in the bottom-eights competition.

The aim had been to secure a top-eight place, but Thornton insisted: “We are where we are, we are in this situation and we’ve got to make the most of it.

“We would prefer to be in the top-eight, but we aren’t and we have got to deal with it.”

Fixtures for the Shield are expected to be announced tomorrow.

Hunslet will be at home to South Wales Ironmen, Coventry Bears, London Skolars and Gloucestershire All Golds, with away games against Hemel Stags, Oxford and North Wales Crusaders.

Thornton said: “Beating Newcastle has made the fixtures a bit easier.

“We don’t have to go to London and there’s no particularly bad journeys.

“It could have been a lot worse and we did play well on Sunday.

“It’s frustrating because we can be so bad one week and pretty good the next.

“I asked the players for a reaction from the loss against London [Skolars] the week before and they gave it – which is pleasing.”

Hunslet coach Gary Thornton.

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