Hawks ready for TV test

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Write Hunslet Hawks off at your peril.

That was the message from player-coach Paul March ahead of his side’s trip to the Shay on Thursday.

The Hawks suffered their fifth successive Championship defeat at the weekend when they went down 34-12 to Batley at the South Leeds Stadium.

But March believes his side will be desperate to put things right in front of the TV cameras.

“We were in yesterday, in today and go to Halifax on Thursday,” said March.

“We have our backs against the wall, but will show that we are not dead and buried.”

The Hawks, who knocked Fax out of the Northern Rail Cup last season as a Championship One club, pushed Batley hard for 70 minutes and were only four points behind with 10 minutes remaining.

But they shipped three converted tries in the closing stages of the game as they missed out on a bonus point.

They now have three days to prepare for the trip to the Shay against a Fax side that has had seven days recovery and preparation time following their stunning win at Leigh last Thursday.

“It might be good for us to play so quickly,” said March. “We want to get the last 10 minutes of the Batley game out of our system.

“After the previous week’s game at Sheffield I wanted a committed display against Batley.

“We were committed for 70 minutes but all the tackling we had to do in the second half took its toll in the last 10 minutes.”

March also has injury concerns over forwards James Houston and Rob Kelly who picked up knocks against the Bulldogs.

And with little time for the duo to recover, Neil Lowe and former St Helens youngster Andy Yates could start.

“We have been looking at getting in some dual reg players, but it is difficult,” said March.

“We have to convince them that we are a club on the up which, given the run we are on at the moment, is a big challenge for us.”