Championship preview: Hunslet Hawks v Halifax

Hunslet Hawks lost 28-12 to Whitehaven last weekend and coach Barry Eaton is hoping for a better performance from his team this week.

“It’s a tough place to go but we gave ourselves an outstanding opportunity to get the win. We were 12-0 up at half-time and playing great but lack of application and energy at the start of the second half, which is a concern because it’s happened on a couple of occasion. Whitehaven got all the momentum and saw the game out.

“It’s something we’ve had a real focus on this week, to not only start the game well but make sure that we don’t throw the game away.

“Halifax have just had a great win and are probably the form team of the comp at the moment. I think it’s a good thing that we’ve got a short turnaround, we can get straight back on it with a tough game against Halifax.”

Jordan Lilley, on dual registration from Leeds Rhinos, could make his debut for the Hawks.

Halifax coach Richard Marshall was pleased with his side’s victory over Featherstone Rovers last week, saying: “It was a long time coming and to beat a quality team like Featherstone away, it was a very good performance,” he said.

“I was slightly disappointed to concede a couple of tries through kicks, so we weren’t faultless, but we came away very pleased and proud with our performance.

“It’s going to be a difficult game at Hunslet. Obviously we’re going away again – we’ve been away for the last three weeks – and we’re trying to build some form away from home. They had a difficult game last week up at Whitehaven and have had a day less to recover than us but we’re looking forward to going over there on the Friday night and playing under the lights.

“We’re in a good place at the moment.”

There are doubts over full-back Ben Heaton, who is struggling with a hip injury, while prop Richard Moore and second row Ross Divorty have cuts to the head.