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Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction

It was a satisfied Craig Sandercock who chatted to the media after the impressive 36-0 victory over Widnes at a saturated Craven Park.

The wintry conditions made life difficult for both sides but it was the Robins who handled them best and the Rovers' Head Coach was happy with what he saw from his team.

"I was pretty happy with the players today," he said. "The conditions out there were horrendous and nobody told me it'd be like this when I was on a beach in Newcastle, that's for sure!

"Seriously though, some of our English boys were telling me that those were the worst conditions they've ever played in and for both teams to put in a fairly decent effort was quite pleasing.

"I'm not going to take too much from the game because of the conditions but to get the victory was pleasing, especially as Widnes never went away. Denis Betts has done a pretty good job with those boys so the bottom line is we got the win and picked up the two points."

With the Rovers' pack having the upper hand for most of the afternoon, half-back duo Craig Hall and Michael Dobson were given plenty of room and ball to work with.

That led to the Robins crossing for six tries - Hall grabbing two of them himself - but it was the Robins' desire to defend that also impressed Sandercock.

"We've been criticised for our defence recently and quite rightly," he added. "So today, not to concede a try was very pleasing.

"I thought Hally was very good but again if you speak to him, he'd be the first to tell you that there are parts of his game that he needs to improve on. If he can do that, then he'll turn out to be a great player.

"I also though Michael was outstanding and he controlled the game from minute one to minute 80 which is what good half-backs do."

Having picked up more than their fair share of injuries during the opening weeks of the campaign, Rovers are due a bit of luck on that front. However, they did collect one knock with Jake Webster leaving the field.

"Jake went off with a recurrence of a hip injury but until he's warmed up a bit we won't know the full extent of that," Sandercock said.

 

Photo: Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction