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Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction

The Robins showed incredible commitment and desire at the Etihad Stadium as they turned around a 14-point deficit in the final 12 minutes to get one over on the ‘old enemy'.

Head Coach, Craig Sandercock, was a proud man in the post-match press conference and believes the victory was a triumph for his side's never-say-die attitude.

"I'm very proud and couldn't have asked for anything more from my boys," he said. "They showed determination, attitude, commitment and desire and never gave up. We finally got rewarded for our efforts.

"Even at 30-16 down I thought if we continued to complete our sets then anything was possible if we could get a couple of tries. Before that, I thought we gave away too much cheap ball on their line and didn't build any pressure. However, I always believed we had enough attacking weapons to get back into the game and that's the way it happened."

David Hodgson's long distance winning try will live long in the memories of Rovers' fans and it's something Sandercock will always remember fondly as well.

"There aren't too many occasions in your coaching career where you win games in the last minute like that," he continued. "It's something I'll cherish, and the boys will as well. We've worked very hard during the past few months and we did cop a bit of stick last time we played them (Hull FC) so to come through the other side, have that kind of belief and never give up was special.

"It's one of the best wins I've been involved with - it's definitely up there. The feeling is comparable to the 2008 Grand Final that Manly won because showed desire and commitment and responded really well to some adversity. If we can build on this, really work hard for each other and have a bit of luck with injuries then I'd like to think we can keep progressing."

The sizeable amount of Robins' supporters who made the journey to the Etihad Stadium certainly made their presence felt and Sandercock admitted that the victory was for them.

"I have no qualms sharing with you what I said to the boys before the game and that was that it's the only game of the season where the supporters are more important than the players," he added. "I'll always back my players to the hilt and they're the most important people to me but, for this one game, the supporters were the most important thing.

"They supercede individuals, they supercede the team and they supercede the club. Our club is a traditional, working class club and the supporters are loyal and passionate and to see them go away happy really makes my day."

Con Mika was a surprise absentee from the side yesterday and Sandercock added.

"Con was ill all week with a severe chest infection and I just thought with it being a derby and such a physical contest there was a doubt over how long he would last. Hopefully, he'll shake that off and be okay for next week."

 

Photo: Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction