West Wales Raiders v Hunslet: Dominic Brambani returns as Parksiders aim to extend unbeaten run in League One
Veteran scrum-half Dominic Brambani is set to return from a calf muscle injury when Hunslet visit Betfred League One’s bottom club West Wales on Saturday.
The Parksiders will aim to extend their unbeaten run to four matches, against opponents who have lost all their seven league fixtures this term.
Another key player, hooker Vila Halifihi, could return from a knee injury and coach Gary Thornton is hopeful winger Alex Brown will be available after suffering a dead-leg in last Sunday’s draw with Doncaster.
“We will be looking to keep our recent good form going and start to build some momentum,” Thornton said.
“It’s a long day and the journey does play a part, but hopefully our forwards can continue to set the platforms for our pivots and outside-backs to work from.
“We must be very professional and very respectful of each other, the opposition and the game plan.”
Winger Niall Walker is also in contention following a hamstring problem, but Hunslet will be without prop Zach Braham, because of a rib injury.
He is expected to return for next week’s game at Coventry Bears, alongside fellow forward Harry Kidd (arm).
Utility-back Kiedan Hartley (hamstring) could feature at home to North Wales Crusaders the following weekend, but half-back Jy-Mel Coleman (groin) remains on the casualty list.
Hunslet (at West Wales): from Young, Reittie, Cooke, Ashton, Walker, A Brown, S Brown, Brambani, Gibbons, Rowe, Halafihi, Jones, Hey, Straugheir, Wood, Conroy, Andrade, McClean, Wray, Chrimes, Hallas.
Referee: Craig Smith (St Helens).
Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm.
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