Jowitt talks up Hunslet clash


Dewsbury coach Warren Jowitt has likened Sunday’s Co-operative Championship relegation battle with Hunslet to a Grand Final.

Jowitt said: “It’s a big game. It’s massive for both teams, and arguably it’s like a final for us.

“We’ve got a fully fit squad to pick from, and that gives us a bit of a selection headache, but that’s a good position to be in.”

The Rams lost 16-8 against Toulouse last week, and Jowitt has highlighted where he expects improvements. He said: “Our forwards went really well. They paved the way and dominated the game, but our half backs had a bad day at the office.”

Stuart Kain, Steve Dooler and Neil Lowe are all in contention for Hunslet, although David March is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Hawks coach Paul March said: “We’ve got a bit of competition in the squad, but I want to find a consistent team to keep performing well and pick up some points. I might not change anything, it depends how we go in training.”

He added: “Myself and the team know this is a massive game – it could be the difference between staying up and going down.

“With relegation battles comes pressure. Last year we had a different kind of pressure, but we can’t go away from what we’ve been trying to do all year.”