Hawks coach Eaton angry after London game

Barry Eaton
Barry Eaton

Hunslet Hawks coach Barry Eaton’s opinion of his side’s 34-12 defeat at London Broncos has changed following his review of the match.

“I was really pleased after the game, but annoyed now,” said Eaton.

“They got a really contentious double-movement try for their first try and we had a dead-set try ruled out.

“Ryan Backhouse slammed the ball down, but he definitely grounded it. Jamie Bloem (the referee) was in goal, looking at it, but he disallowed it for a bounce.

“That was a 12-point swing, we could have been 18-6 up, rather than 12-4 behind. In games like that, you need things to go the way they should go.

“If it had been 18-6 they would have been a bit nervy and maybe adrenaline would have got us through the last 20 minutes – but, saying that, overall our performance was very, very good.”

Hawks have injury doubts over Callum Casey and Charlie Martin ahead of Sunday’s visit of Featherstone Rovers.

“Callum got concussion and a nasty cut in his mouth, from the first try they scored,” said Eaton. “Charlie has sprained knee ligaments, so we’ll have to look at that.

“Danny Grimshaw was due to play, but he got a tight hamstring in the warm-up and Matty Gee had to come on to the bench, so we had a bit of disruption.”