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Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction

Having seen his side bounce back from Good Friday derby disappointment with a gutsy win at Salford, Rovers' coach Craig Sandercock was a happy man in the post-match press conference.

"We got a win which we badly needed," he said. "There were a few errors in the game but I thought we defended well and reaped the rewards of some hard work that we've put in over the past couple of months.

"It was hard work and again, we were probably guilty of pushing the pass a little bit, as were Salford, and unfortunately it turned into a pretty scrappy game by the end. But we fought back and I was pretty happy in the end.

"Giving away penalties on the last tackle is obviously not ideal and it was something we did last week as well. It's something we've got to be mindful of and try to fix up so that it doesn't continue to happen."

Prop Scott Taylor was the unlikely two-try hero for the Robins on the day and Sandercock was delighted with his contribution, as he was with that of young debutant, Dave Petersen.

"Scott's second half was outstanding but his first half was a little bit down on what I expect from him, but he's a really good player who makes his presence felt," he continued. "He made his presence felt big time for us today and came up with two massive plays to basically win us the game and it's full credit to him.

"I was also very happy with Dave as he competed well and provided the team with energy. He never stops and that's what I expected from him. Hopefully he'll continue to develop as a footballer and push for selection on a full-time basis."

The in-form Catalan Dragons are next up for Rovers this weekend as the French side travel to Craven Park for the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Blake Green will be back for the red and whites having missed the opening 11 rounds of Super League 2012 and Sandercock can't wait to have him back out on the field.

"I'm excited, Blake himself is excited and I'll just be happy to have my number one halves combination out there," the Rovers' boss added. "Any side is the same in that if they have one or both of their front line six or seven missing, it'll have an impact on the performance.

"His absence has hurt us and it'll be good to have him back. Blake has trained the house down and he'll be ready to go."

Green's return will undoubtedly give the Robins a big boost, although they could be without the services of Joel Clinton.

"Joel rolled his ankle and hopefully it's nothing to serious but he'll go for scans today," Sandercock added.

"Dave (Hodgson) hurt his knee and Josh (Hodgson) suffered a dead leg against Hull FC so we'll just monitor them through the week and make a decision a little bit closer to Sunday. I notice that Catalans have their full squad back and I'd like to present our full squad as well."



Photo: Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction