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Some interesting debate on this thread, and a far cry from previous seasons when the game at the weekend often approached without a word on here !!

It's also got to be good news that for the first time in years we're starting with a "proper" league game, as opposed to a low-key start in a group game of a half-baked cup competition.

I have to say I'm with Blackpoool on his comments. I don't really like dual-reg personally, and I'm quite proud of the fact that we're one of the very few (the only?) club to have never used it before this season. But if it's available and needs must then so be it, but surely the fewer the better, to help preserve the integrity of the competition as much as possible.

There's little doubt from last weekend's evidence that Moore, Achurch and Ward would be a better "fit" for our requirements, but the fact they've not been offered suggests they'll be regularly in or close to Leeds' first team squad which won't be of much use to us. In the meantime, I'm not really convinced anybody in the fullback or threequarter positions deserves to be dropped in favour of one of their dual reg opposite numbers from Sunday (assuming they are available). It wasn't the type of game where the outside backs got endless chances to shine in attack, and the defence was sound all round. Going to be particularly interesting to see who gets shirts 1-5 v. Barrow then.

Given Windley's unfortunate injury though, I would expect to see Haigh and Hood sharing the hooking duties; the back three to be unchanged (though March didn't quite seem his normal self on Sunday); Yates and Menzies to feature among the props, and Grimshaw at no 6.

But - I've not really got a clue who I'd prefer at no 7 though, or make up the rest of the props ... :unsure:

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The rhinos team even though they where mostly young lads where very well drilled fit and up for it and as a team would certainly be able to give any championship side a good game so for me the Hawks did very well and if things had come off should and would have won the game 10-6 shows that defence was the key and that boades well for both sides conditions will improve and with some tweeking and the D/R additions theres no reason why the Hawks cant be mid table at least.

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1 Kain

2 Pryce

3 Keinhorst

4 Welham

5 Mapals

6 Grimshaw

7 Ansell

8 Yates

9 Hood

10 Houston

11 Buttery

12 Menzies

13 March

14 Haigh

15 Oakes

16 Haughey

17 Watson

Danny Ansell was completely different player on Sunday from when I've seen him play at Wakey, looked a constant threat with a very good brain. Welham given the right service in this league will score as many as any, with Grimmer running those elusive overs lines and Ansell playing straight I can see this really working.

Keinhorst will get over the shoulder of most opposing threequarter players and having someone with the pace and experienced finishing ability of Lee Mapals on his arm should give us some distance strike power in that wide area.

The pack for me is still a little bit light of a couple of 20 minute explosive props but we do compensate for this in terms of mobility, Watson, Haughey, Oakes and even Buttery would all not look out of place in the centres and if we can play off Houston and Yates in the final third it should give the two halves a real opportunity to cause problems.

Plenty of options out of acting half as we start the season and I fully expect a training field battle between Paul Hughes and Luke Haigh to emerge over the coming weeks. If Liam Hood is available more often than not we have to expect to see some ingenuity and quality in all areas of the field playing at this level, which should in turn give Haigh or Hughes a real platform to perform.

David March's stewardship from loose forward will be vital this season, I'm sure we'll be on the ropes plenty of times in the coming months and thats when we need Marchy leading from the front, directing the pack and pusing them to the limit, particuarly against the better teams to prevent us falling into that on the back foot trap.

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1 Kain

2 Pryce

3 Keinhorst

4 Welham

5 Mapals

6 Grimshaw

7 Ansell

8 Yates

9 Hood

10 Houston

11 Buttery

12 Menzies

13 March

14 Haigh

15 Oakes

16 Haughey

17 Watson

Danny Ansell was completely different player on Sunday from when I've seen him play at Wakey, looked a constant threat with a very good brain. Welham given the right service in this league will score as many as any, with Grimmer running those elusive overs lines and Ansell playing straight I can see this really working.

Keinhorst will get over the shoulder of most opposing threequarter players and having someone with the pace and experienced finishing ability of Lee Mapals on his arm should give us some distance strike power in that wide area.

The pack for me is still a little bit light of a couple of 20 minute explosive props but we do compensate for this in terms of mobility, Watson, Haughey, Oakes and even Buttery would all not look out of place in the centres and if we can play off Houston and Yates in the final third it should give the two halves a real opportunity to cause problems.

Plenty of options out of acting half as we start the season and I fully expect a training field battle between Paul Hughes and Luke Haigh to emerge over the coming weeks. If Liam Hood is available more often than not we have to expect to see some ingenuity and quality in all areas of the field playing at this level, which should in turn give Haigh or Hughes a real platform to perform.

David March's stewardship from loose forward will be vital this season, I'm sure we'll be on the ropes plenty of times in the coming months and thats when we need Marchy leading from the front, directing the pack and pusing them to the limit, particuarly against the better teams to prevent us falling into that on the back foot trap.

Spot on assessment Josh.

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Tough on Brickwood and Hellewell but yes id agree with that apart from Tommy starting in the 2nd row with Menzies at prop for Houston on the bench.Whoever has the goalkicking role should be out practising well before the off.

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How confident are yourselves coming into this game?

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How confident are yourselves coming into this game?

Confident but nervous.

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How confident are yourselves coming into this game?

It's the first league game so I inevitably have that new season optimism!

My heart tells me without a doubt, 3 points, then my head reminds me I'm a Hunslet fan so now I'm not so sure!

Gaz is spot on, confident, but very nervous, we need to be winning this type of game on our own patch

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From your point of view this is a home game against a newly promoted side so should be a must win, but we probably had a CC standard side last year and have only improved on it. Our pack is pretty massive, Averages about 6ft 2 and over 100kg but yet very mobile with the likes of Harrison and Toal who are quick enough to play in the three quarters. We're 6th favourites to win the league which is probably wrong but it shows some people have faith in us. Our hope is too dominate you down the middle and have you on the back foot. We don't want Hood controlling the game and getting the ball out to your three quarters and halves where I think you'll be most dangerous.

Looking forward too my first trip too hunslet. The game could go either way as will most games in this league bar a few, hopefully its an entertaining game.

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From your point of view this is a home game against a newly promoted side so should be a must win, but we probably had a CC standard side last year and have only improved on it. Our pack is pretty massive, Averages about 6ft 2 and over 100kg but yet very mobile with the likes of Harrison and Toal who are quick enough to play in the three quarters. We're 6th favourites to win the league which is probably wrong but it shows some people have faith in us. Our hope is too dominate you down the middle and have you on the back foot. We don't want Hood controlling the game and getting the ball out to your three quarters and halves where I think you'll be most dangerous.

Looking forward too my first trip too hunslet. The game could go either way as will most games in this league bar a few, hopefully its an entertaining game.

we might as well not turn out then omg you sound orsum :D :D :D

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Did barra only just beat BARLA ?????? even with the average 6,2 and 100kg forwards

Shocking conditions to be honest it was barely playable. We'll just have to see how it goes on sunday.

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