Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear is taking the positives from last week’s narrow defeat to Halifax.
“It was a good game. We were a little disappointed that once again we’ve played well against one of the big teams and come away empty.
“But we can take a lot of positives from the performance; we scored the same number of tries as Halifax and defended really well.
“They’re a team who throw a lot at you in attack and we created chances, so we feel we’re in a good place but we need results as well as performances.
“It’s a big game against Hunslet this week. They’ll feel aggrieved with themselves having lost at Doncaster – there may well have been a three-games-in-three-days reason for that.
“They dominated the game for 55 minutes then tired drastically in the last 25.
“We’re expecting them to pose a real challenge. We’re at home, which is obviously a big plus point for us and we’re feeling good about ourselves.”
Loan signing Chris Ulugia from Bradford is doubtful with a damaged shoulder while loose forward Joe Chandler has a broken nose.
“There were some factors out of our control on Sunday that led to more than a few momentum swings,” he said. “For 55 minutes we were outstanding.
“Batley are playing well, they are a big, physical side, a no-nonsense team and you’ve got to be able to match their physicality to have any chance.”
Second row Aaron Lyons is a doubt with a thumb injury.