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Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction

Having seen his side go down to a 36-22 defeat at Wigan, Rovers' Head Coach Craig Sandercock admitted that a poor opening 20 minutes cost them any chance of victory.

The Warriors dominated the Robins early on to race into an unassailable 26-0 lead and Sandercock was disappointed with what he saw in those early exchanges.

"The one positive was the second half display but not being able to put two consistent halves together has unfortunately been the story of our season," he said. "There is some character there, we didn't give in and scored some decent tries but that opening 20 minutes told the story.

"Unfortunately in that opening period, we didn't do the things that we'd talked about all week. We'd spoken about not giving penalties away and getting through our sets, but we came up with too many errors and Wigan are a class side who punish you if given the chance.

"They blew us off the park in that first 20 minutes and if you're going to compete with the top teams you can't afford to give five penalties away in the opening quarter. That killed us and it's something we need to work on.

"We need to get into the arm wrestle and get into the grind. We were competitive but ultimately, not good enough on the night."

The defeat leaves Rovers in 9th place in the table, on the fringes of the top eight, and with half the season still remaining, making the play-offs is still very much on.

"Obviously we want to be in the play-offs come the end of the year and there's still a long way to go," Sandercock added. "For us to get there though, we're going to have to play some good footy between now and the end of the season. If we are good enough to get into the eight I'd back our chances of doing well."


Photo: Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction