PREVIEW: Hunslet and Doncaster ready to battle for Challenge Cup progress

A potential clash with a Super League side is the prize at stake for Doncaster and Hunslet tonight.

The League One sides will face off seeking progression to the fifth round of the Challenge Cup after experiencing contrasting starts to the season.

Doncaster have enjoyed an unbeaten start to 2016, winning their opening four competitive games of the year, including a commanding victory over well-fancied Keighley last week.

Meanwhile, the Hawks have had a tough start to life back in the third tier, with a 40-6 defeat to Barrow keeping them winless in the league after two rounds.

Although Doncaster are the form side, head coach Gary Thornton is wary of the threats Hunslet possess.

“They’ve had a real tough start to the league campaign away at Barrow and away at Rochdale, and they’re never easy places to go,” he said.

“I think where they in the league table belies how good they are. They’ll be looking to win and get their season back on track, so we can’t be going there and taking them lightly that’s for sure. Everyone will have to be well prepared and at their best. It is a winnable game against a team in our division, that’s what we wanted so hopefully we can do the job and get in the hat for the next round.”

Hunslet head coach Matt Bramald added: “It’s been a tough week, the review of the game was pretty searching and we had a pretty stiff training session after.

“But we’ve put that to bed now and are looking forward to Friday. We need to bounce back and if we do get somewhere near our best, I think it will be a real competitive game and we’ll give Doncaster a real good run for their money.”