RHYS Lovegrove is refusing to get carried away with Keighley Cougars' impressive start to the season as his refreshed side face a tough derby clash tomorrow.

Cougars go into their Good Friday clash at Hunslet (7.30pm kick-off) inΒ League 1 following a fine start to the campaign.

Wins at Oldham (32-6) and Doncaster (26-6) has seen Cougars looking to the season ahead with optimism.

These victories were followed by a break from action last weekend, while tomorrow's opponents Hunslet fell to a 44-20 defeat at Rochdale Hornets on Sunday.

Head coach Lovegrove is refusing to get carried away by Cougars' 100 per cent start to the season and is instead looking at the bigger picture for his side.


He says it has been a pleasing start to the campaign for Cougars and is just reward for their hard work in the pre-season, from December last year until the first ball of the new season was kicked last month.

Lovegrove also conceded it was good his side had a weekend off from action as they could recharge their batteries following the first two games and had more time to analyse and work on aspects of their play so far.

He says his Cougars side will also face a tricky task when they travel to the South Leeds Stadium tomorrow night.

He said: "We are taking it a week at a time. We're two weeks into a 20-week campaign.

"The Hunslet game is going to be a really good challenge. They have recruited really well. They have got younger guys into their system. They have recruited some really exciting youth players. It's really exciting for them.

"It's probably an advantage for us having had a free weekend. They (Hunslet) had a tough game at Rochdale.

"The free weekend was an opportunity to get some rest into the lads. After playing at Oldham on the 4G pitch we had a few grazes and bruises which opened up. It has been a chance for us to heal up.

"It has also been good to sit down with the players and look at different areas and dig deeper. We have picked up that extra day to analyse things.

"The season has been really good so far. We are very clear about the standards that we're expecting from the players.

"It's been really exciting and really pleasing to see all of the group responding to what we did in training during those dark days in December, January and February. It's been enjoyable to see."


Meanwhile, Cougars will host a RL Allstars double header at Cougars Park on June 18 to mark Jake Webster's testimonial.

The clashes will see a Jake Webster All Stars side take on a Keighley All Stars team. In the other match on the same day, a Rugby League Allstars team will face a Hull Kingston Rovers Supporters side.

People have also been given the chance to play in the Jake Webster Allstars v Keighley Allstars game. Several fundraising player places have already gone, but for more information on getting involved, email mark@lifeforakid.com. To play in this game there is a required Β£50 deposit and a minimum Β£250 fundraising donation.