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Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction

For the second week running, the Robins showed tremendous character to come from behind and secure two more precious Super League points.

Trailing 22-6 at halftime against Warrington, the red and whites were massively up against it but fought their way back to 22-22 before Michael Dobson snatched a dramatic victory with a late drop goal.

The win left Craig Sandercock a happy coach and he identified his side's patience in the second half as the reason for the comeback.

"Our first half performance was very disappointing," he said. "To give away three tries when we were in possession of the footy was not ideal, especially against a class outfit like Warrington. In the second half we showed some patience with the footy and that's what we needed.

"We didn't have to score off every single set, we needed to build some pressure then momentum comes off the back of that and that's when you can score points.

"In the first half we weren't patient, weren't prepared to work hard and weren't prepared to earn the right to go downfield. We threw passes that weren't on and suffered the consequences. We know that we've got a fair few decent players in our team and knew that if we could control the footy and be patient, then the rewards would come. In the end, we were lucky enough to get those rewards."

The Robins were dealt a blow before the game when influential stand-off Blake Green picked up an injury in the team's final training session.

"In the very last minute of training yesterday, Blake did a hamstring which was obviously very disappointing," he continued. "Craig Hall didn't even get chance to practice one set so for him to be thrown in like that when hasn't played stand-off for a long time, shows that he has some ability.

"Blake will go for scans early in the week but at the minute we're thinking that he may be out for at least a month. To lose him just when he's getting back into things and just when we're starting to build our structures and systems in attack is very disappointing."

With Green sat in the stands, it was left to his half-back partner, Michael Dobson, to cap off the Robins' gutsy comeback with a late drop-goal.

"I thought Michael was outstanding today," Sandercock added. "Without Blake there, he controlled the show well, scored a great try and, under pressure, kicked a great field goal to win the game. It doesn't get any better than that from your scrum-half and I can't ask for anything more from Michael."

Having come back from seemingly impossible positions in the last two weeks, the Robins' coach admits that it would be nice to win from the front now and again!

"I said to Chris Chester (Assistant Coach) that it'd be nice for us to be winning the game with 15 minutes left and see if we can hold on," he added with a smile.

"Winning breeds confidence, it's that simple. It doesn't matter how you win - if you win by one or win by 70, you get a confidence boost. Beating Warrington, who I rate as one of the best sides in the competition, is a good achievement and something that we can look to build on."

Photo: Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction