Challenge Cup win boosts Hawks ahead of season opener

Richie Barnett
Richie Barnett

Hunslet Hawks were given a boost ahead of their first league game of the season when they demolished Barrow Raiders 46-12 in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Matt Bramald’s team were quick out of the blocks, hitting the front on 13 minutes when impressive winger Richie Barnett went over for the first of his two tries.

The lead was extended eight minutes later through Danny Ansell’s score, only for Raiders to respond with a nicely-worked try for stand-off Josh Ward.

The Barrow rally was short-lived however and, following Mufaro Mvududu’s break, Jimmy Watson crossed on the half-hour.

Matt Carbutt added Hawks’ fourth five minutes later and the rampant hosts added another to their tally early in the second period when Watson celebrated his second of the game.

Watson’s feat was matched by Barnett and Ansell as they both touched-down for their second tries of the afternoon.

Raiders had something to cheer when Chris Hankinson crossed the whitewash on 68 minutes but the final say went to the home side when Lewis Reed scored the last try of the game in the closing seconds.

Jake Normington was named Bennett’s Butchers man of the match for Hawks.

The win will give Bramald’s side a welcome confidence boost ahead of this weekend’s opening games of the Kingstone Press League One season.

Hawks kick-off their campaign with a trip to Rochdale Hornets on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).