Bradford Bulls v Hunslet Hawks preview

Bradford Bulls welcome fellow West Yorkshire side Hunslet Hawks to Provident Stadium on Sunday. The Bulls have won their last two matches since losing to Leigh on the opening day of the season. Hunslet go into the game with one win to their name, they triumphed over Dewsbury last weekend.

After annihilating Featherstone 40-4 in round three, coach James Lowes hailed his side’s defence in the match. Lowes said: “The first 20 minutes we made a lot of errors but we defended really well and that was the most pleasing aspect of the game in general – the defence.”

With no injury headaches for Lowes to worry about, he’s said that he may well pick a similar team this weekend.

The team that faced Featherstone included Epalahame Lauaki who made his debut for the Bulls after signing from Manly Sea Eagles in the off-season.

Hunslet Hawks recorded their first win of the 2015 season last Sunday against Dewsbury Rams.

The game was played in desperately cold weather at South Leeds Stadium, and coach Barry Eaton thinks his side had made amends from the mistakes that were made in previous weeks.

“We learned how to cope with the conditions having played in similar against Featherstone and Batley where we just didn’t quite get it right when we needed to,” he said. 

“I think we learned from our two opening games and did very well under the circumstances to get the win against Dewsbury.”

Focusing on the challenge ahead, Eaton knows how much of a force the Bulls are in the Championship, saying: “We’re fully aware of where Bradford are; in effect they are a Super League team,”

“We’ll be under no pressure so in that respect hopefully we’ll be able to go there and give a very good account of ourselves.”

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