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Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction

Having seen his side get over the whitewash more times than the Catalan Dragons this afternoon, Rovers' Head Coach, Craig Sandercock, was devastated in defeat.

The red and whites scored four tries to three but despite a gutsy second half fight back from 20-0 down at the break, they just fell short of making it into the hat for the next round of the Challenge Cup.

"It's not every day that you score more tries than the opposition and lose the game - it's just devastating," he said. "In the second half, I was pleased with our ball control and our completion rate and the boys followed the game plan. Every time we got down their end we looked like scoring which was pleasing. Also, we didn't concede a penalty which was pleasing, especially having conceded six in the first half."

The long-awaited return of Blake Green was also a positive for the Robins and Sandercock was delighted to see the stand-off back in action.

"I was very happy with Blake and would have been even happier if he'd scored that try in the first half," he continued. "I thought he was very solid today and he'll be a lot better for having had that run. He combined well with Michael Dobson and obviously their partnership is still a work in progress."

London Broncos are the visitors to Craven Park next Sunday as the Robins return to Stobart Super League action and Sandercock is hopeful that he may have one or two players available for selection having come through this afternoon relatively unscathed.
"Hopefully we've just got the usual bumps and bruises and with a bit of luck we'll be ready to go again next week," he added. "Graeme Horne has a cork and I suppose would be 50/50 at this stage for next weekend but I don't think the injury is too bad.
"I'm hoping that Jake Webster will be available next week, and the same applies to Ryan O'Hara. If Ryan doesn't make it for next week then he'll definitely be available the following week.

Photo: Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction