Hunslet ready for Leigh test

Richard Chapman will definitely play for Hunslet after recovering from an arm injury.

But Hawks coach Paul March is unable to name his team just yet as doubts surround the fitness of Stuart Kain and Tommy Haughey, who both picked up knocks during last week’s win at Doncaster.

Richard Knight has returned to full training but will not play on Sunday, while Rob Kelly is hoping to make a similar return if his surgeon permits it during a meeting on Friday.

March has warned Leigh not to expect a comfortable ride. He said: “Our performances against Halifax and Barrow prove we can play at this level.

“We’re going to give a good show of ourselves. We want to get to the final. A Championship One side getting to the Northern Rail Cup final is a massive achievement.

“If we get through this week then you never know what might happen. We’ve got the experience within our squad; we’ve just got to put things together on Sunday.”

Leigh’s Robbie Paul (groin) is definitely missing while Ricky Bibey (knee) is also set to miss out. Adam Higson (shoulder) is doubtful.

Centurions Assistant Coach Paul Rowley said: “Hunslet seem to have gone on a good run recently and they’ve improved throughout the season.

“A lot comes off the March brothers and it’s a small pitch there. They’ll be trying to unsettle us and put us off our game, but hopefully we’ll have a bit too much experience and we’ll get back to what we do well.”

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