NEWS | Hunslet match preview

NEWS | Hunslet match preview

12th June 2019

The Dons travel to face Yorkshire rivals Hunslet on Friday night with both teams having won their past two league fixtures.

Richard Horne’s side go into the game on the back of a 31-0 victory at home to Oldham, while Hunslet also nilled their previous opponents – a 34-0 win against bottom side Keighley Cougars.

Who’s the gaffer?

Head coach Gary Thornton will be well known to Dons supporters after taking charge of the club for almost two years before leaving the Keepmoat Stadium in May 2017. He took over at the South Leeds Stadium less than a month after his departure from the Dons, and has guided Hunslet to second-place so far this season, with seven wins from their first 10 games in Betfred League One.

Ones to watch

Ben Heaton

The powerful centre joined Hunslet for the 2019 campaign after seven seasons with Betfred Championship side Halifax. Heaton played more than 130 times for Fax, scoring 58 tries in the process as he helped his former side reach the top four in the second tier. He has had an impressive start to life at the South Leeds Stadium with eight tries already this season.

Cain Southernwood

Southernwood signed a new 12-month contract extension following a successful 2018. Hunslet originally signed the half-back on a 12-month deal. The 26-year-old has played more than 100 games for Whitehaven and the Bulldogs at Championship. A product of the Wakefield academy system, he played in Super League for Bradford.

Josh Tonks

The experienced back-rower joined Hunslet towards the end of last season from financially troubled Keighley, and made an immediate impact as he scored five tries in nine appearances. He agreed a two-year deal with the club at the end of the campaign which will see him stay in West Yorkshire until at least the end of 2020.

Last time out

The two sides met at the Keepmoat Stadium at the end of February, with Gary Thornton’s side coming out on top in a closely fought contest. With the game locked at 18-18, former Dons man Reece Dean kicked a penalty goal three minutes from time to seal the points for Hunslet.

NEWS | Hunslet match preview