Boss Coyle wants Hunslet to learn lessons from Whitehaven loss

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Hunslet RLFC boss James Coyle wants his team to learn the lessons from last weekend’s narrow defeat ahead of Sunday’s League One home game against North Wales Crusaders.

A late drop goal from Steve Roper consigned Hunslet to a 19-18 loss to Whitehaven at the South Leeds Stadium last weekend and while the result was disappointing, Coyle was pleased with his team’s effort.

He said: “I think it was probably the toughest game we’ve had so far. I thought we played quite well in long periods. There are a few little things to fix up, but on the whole we were pretty good.

“The most disappointing thing was the number of penalties we gave away. I think we gave 19 penalties away and it is phenomenal to be anywhere near the opposition with that number. It is a fair effort from the boys, but also a bit dumb to give that many away.”

Tries from Jake Normington, George Flanagan and Marcus Webb put Hunslet 18-16 ahead in a hard-fought clash with the Cumbrians but Roper levelled with a penalty before clinching victory with a drop goal.