Doncaster will be looking to clip Hunslet Hawks’ wings in tomorrow’s Kingstone Press Championship clash at the South Leeds Stadium.
Last season’s League One champions have won only one of their four games – beating fancied Dewsbury at home – in what has been a testing start.
But no-one at the Keepmoat Stadium club is taking Hunslet’s challenge lightly and only relegated Bradford Bulls, who beat them 56-6 at Odsal last weekend, have posted a big win.
The two sides, who will also meet at Blackpool in May, have already crossed swords this season with the Leeds-based club romping to an impressive 42-12 warm-up win at the Keepmoat.
“They played really well that day and they looked to have recruited well so we know it’s not going to be easy,” said club captain Craig Robinson.
“I don’t think you can regard any game as easy this season as a result of the league being trimmed to 12 clubs.
“We’ve yet to get off the mark this season and we seem to be making the same silly mistakes and we’ve got to cut them out.
“We’ve certainly got to play better than we did in the pre-season game.”
He added: “As I said they played well but we were very poor that day.
“Their pack played well and that gave their half-backs the time and space they needed to control the game.
“We were all disappointed by the result against Leigh last weekend but hopefully we’ll have a couple of players back and we are looking to go there and pick up our first win.
“We’ve had a tough start but we can’t keep using that as an excuse and we’ve got to play for the full 80 minutes which we haven’t done in any of our games this season.”