Halifax hooker Ben Kaye has warned of the dangers posed by a Hunslet side “not scared to play” ahead of Friday night’s Championship showdown at the South Leeds Stadium (8.0).
Barry Eaton’s Hawks have won just five times in 15 league starts this season, while Fax go into the game buoyant after last weekend’s 40-22 crushing of top four rivals Featherstone.
But Kaye has the inside track on a Hawks side willing to play a high risk game and emphasised the potential banana-skin nature of the game.
“You can’t write them off; they can burn you,” said Kaye, for whom victory at Rovers - which saw Fax convert a 26-4 interval lead into a convincing win - was particularly sweet after his spell there under previous coach Daryl Powell.
“They’ve pushed Leigh close at home, they play some football and they’re not scared to play.
“I know a few of their boys and they see themselves as having nothing to lose.
“I speak to Andy Kain, George Flanagan and they’re all saying ‘We’ll take some risks’, which makes them a dangerous team to play against.
“Last Saturday was a great feeling.
“In the second half, with some of our past performances, people probably wondered whether we were going to go missing, but we stuck at it.
“It’s a positive to play like we did and nail a gameplan for 80 minutes.
“You wouldn’t believe the difference in the dressing room, it showed a tight group of players and I think it will give us something we have been missing a little bit.
“To take a top four scalp, everyone wanted that.”
With Ryan Maneely a long-term injury absentee, Kaye shared the hooking duties with half back Ben Johnston, who turned in a lively performance around the ruck.
“Johnno went well there,” said Kaye.
“There’s a lot of defence to do and it’s a tough position, but attacking-wise he fitted right in.
“You’re constantly defending, constantly having to get up and get to the ball, it’s a tough position to play.
“He fitted in there really well; he’s got footwork and speed and he’s got a good read of the game.
“He can look up and play what he sees in front of him, which you saw with the try he made for Steve Tyrer.”