Whitehaven 16 Hunslet Hawks 30

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HUNSLET Hawks’ head coach Barry Eaton was delighted with the “pride, passion and sheer determination” shown by his players during their win over Whitehaven yesterday.

It was only Hunslet’s second win in 14 games but, coupled with Batley Bulldogs’ defeat to Featherstone, means they stay in the fight for survival in the Championship.

They are 11th, four points behind the Bulldogs with three games to play, including a trip to Batley on the final day of the season.

“I said at the start of the year if we were lucky to stay up it would be a bigger achievement than actually being promoted,” Eaton said. “The boys are showing that they are giving it their all and in three weeks we’ll find out where we’ll be. Pride, passion and sheer determination got us that result.

Whitehaven: Chamberlain, Burns, Taylor, Parker, Holliday, Coyle, Gore, Beaumont, Newton, Quinn, Aiye, Brooks, Davies. Substitutes: Griffiths, T. Chapelhow, Robinson, Wilde.

Hunslet: Watson, Aggoro, Duckworth, Maun, Barnett, Brown, Ansell, Houston, Lee, Lyons, Gee, Backhouse, Trout. Substitutes: Flanagan, Brennan, Castle, Reed.

Referee: Dave Merrick (RFL).