Sheffield Eagles talisman Michael Knowles is fighting to be fit for tonight’s tussle with Hunslet Hawks.
Eagles aim to put last weekend’s disappointing display against London Broncos to bed by securing the double over the Hawks, after a 28-14 victory over Barry Eaton’s side earlier in the season.
Knowles missed the London defeat after picking up a knock against Dewsbury, but coach Keith Senior is hopeful the second-rower will be fit for the trip to South Leeds Stadium tonight (8pm), whilst half-back Kyle Briggs is also set to return to the squad.
“We are hoping Knosser (Knowles) will be fit, he’s been training all week,” Senior said. “We are looking at bringing Briggsy back into the setup, so aside from Patch Walker, (broken toe) everyone else is fit.”
Senior admitted that the squad are hurting after defeat in Blackpool, which was only their fourth loss in the league all season, but he feels the experience will serve as extra motivation tonight. “The players and staff were massively disappointed with the performance and result last week, we know that we are a lot better than that” Senior said. “These performances happen, it is part of rugby league, but it is down to the lads to bounce back. We can’t take anything away from London, they blew us away.
“It was a kick up the backside and one of the low points of the season, so now it is time to see how the boys respond. They have gone away and watched the videos, they’ve done some soul searching, and expressed some views and now we are on the up again.”
Eighth-placed Hunslet will be without Rob Mulhern and Robbie Ward, but the talented Jack Lee returns from injury.
“We have the opportunity to put things right, but Hunslet gave us a tough game earlier this season. We expect the same again,” Senior added.
“They will have the dual registration influence from Leeds so they will be strong, but it is a chance for us to put things right.”