Ahead of Sunday’s Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Hull Kingston Rovers, we put the Robins under the microscope.
Season So Far
Sitting just one place above the foot of the Super League table, four points astray from the top eight, Hull KR must start picking up some points if they hope to qualify for the Super 8s at the end of Round 23.
Tim Sheens’ side have won on just three occasions in 2018, defeating fellow strugglers Widnes Vikings, Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants.
They have gone close to defeating some of the top sides, losing by just two points to current Super League champions Leeds Rhinos and giving Warrington Wolves a scare earlier in the season.
But ultimately, the Robins’ defeat to a 12-man Hull FC side on Good Friday highlighted the blunted attack that head coach Tim Sheens has to work with. Although they have not scored the fewest points out of all team’s in the league, they have crossed for only 37 tries, compared to St Helens’ 79 this season.
However like the Black & Whites, Hull Kingston Rovers have suffered a large number of injuries this season. Key players such as Shaun Lunt and Danny McGuire have both spent time on the sidelines this year, along with a long list of fellow team mates.
Key Player: Adam Quinlan
Although Rovers have struggled to hit their straps in attack this year, their spine can cause havoc. That begins at the back of the field with number one, Adam Quinlan.
The former St George Illawarra Dragons and St Helens fullback has scored four tries this season, boosted by his lightening speed and breathtaking turn of pace.
Almost acting like a halfback when Rovers are on the front foot, his creativity can cause defending sides an issue, with Quinlan bagging five assists so far this season.
Anywhere between the whitewash and the halfway line is striking distance for the 25-year-old, as the Australian fullback has an appetite for breaking the defensive line.
Hull FC may have had Bureta Faraimo sent off within the first ten minutes, but Lee Radford’s side conjured up 70 minutes of team spirit to claim a sixth consecutive Derby win.
Although Thomas Minns scored a hat-trick for the hosts, Danny Houghton, Fetuli Talanoa, Jamie Shaul and Jake Connor ensured that the two points headed back to the west side of the city.