Championship newbies Hunslet Hawks haven’t recorded a win in the 2015 Kingstone Press Championship as of yet.
Coach Barry Eaton has taken that fact on board, but also thinks that their opening run of fixtures have been, and still are, against teams of a high standard.
“There are no easy games and the start that we’ve got to the season is probably as tough as you can imagine” said Eaton.
But despite having no points on the board, he’s been happy with the commitment his players have shown. “Batley was very similar to the Featherstone game. We put an enormous amount of effort in, had a very good work ethic and just came up short but there are certainly positive signs.” he said.
The former Batley coach has praised Hunslet’s next opponents, Dewsbury Rams, who he thinks are in the run-in for Qualifiers contention.
“Dewsbury have done fantastically well; on paper they’ve got a squad that’s probably capable of challenging for that top four,” he said. “We certainly feel if we can give them another good game, it will bode well for us as the season starts to unfold.”
There’s only one injury worry for Eaton to think about going into the clash against the Rams; Luke Briscoe has a back problem after their last game with Batley Bulldogs.
Dewsbury Rams have only played one game so far this season. A win against Sheffield Eagles couldn’t be worked upon last week as their game with Workington was postponed.
The Rams’ coach Glenn Morrison was left rather frustrated after his team travelled up to Cumbria to find out the game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
“Having to travel all the way up there and not get it on wasn’t the best but we’ll re-group this week and have got to try and start again now.” said the Australian.
Morrison admitted that, despite Hunslet’s two losses in as many matches, they’ll be a tough proposition: “They’re going to be tough, obviously they haven’t got the results but they’ve played some good footy and I think they’ve been a bit unlucky.
“They’ve got a strong squad and we’ve got to approach them as if they were one of the top sides otherwise they’ll come up with the win over us.”
Sam Wood is the only injury worry for Glenn Morrison’s side going into round three. Wood, who plays in the three-quarters, has a knee problem.