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Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction

Craig Sandercock had asked for an 80 minute performance from his side and certainly got it as the Robins ran in 12 tries against the Castleford Tigers at Craven Park this afternoon.

It was just about the complete display from Rovers leaving Sandercock a more than happy coach when he faced the press afterwards.

"I was very pleased as it's the first time this year that we've put in a full 80 minute performance," he said. "We concentrated, executed our plays really and, generally speaking, defended well. Obviously, Castleford were without their halves which affected them but I thought we really executed our plays well today and it was good to put some points on the board.

"Like I said, our defence was much improved and I was also very happy with our discipline. Unfortunately, we have been giving away plenty of penalties early on in games which has put us on the back foot, but today we showed the kind of discipline which will hopefully stand us in good stead in the future.

"On the back of that, if we go set-for-set with any side we want to back ourselves and if we can get into that rather than giving away penalties in the opening 10 or 15 minutes of a game, we're quietly confident that we can put in good performances."

The trio of Shannon McDonnell, Blake Green and Michael Dobson were particularly effective for the Robins and Sandercock is looking forward to those combinations improving further over the coming weeks.

"They're building and don't forget that Blake has only been back for three weeks now," he continued. "Other clubs have had 12 weeks to put their spine together and we played Wigan the other week and Finch, Leuluai and Tomkins have basically played in every single game. It does take time and I thought today we put in a solid performance with Blake, Michael and Shannon all playing well."

The Robins had a couple of injuries to contend with in the build-up to the game with both Liam Salter and Graeme Horne being forced to miss out.

"Both Liam and Graeme would have played today," Sandercock added. "Graeme rolled his ankle in training during the week and Liam picked up an arm injury against Wigan which he then took a whack on in training so unfortunately he wasn't fit to play."


Photo: Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction