Deighton proud of young Robins
Hull KR Academy Coach Kevin Deighton said the skills of the Wests Tigers players and their strength proved the difference in his side's trial match loss in Sydney today.
The match was played in cool conditions in 3 x 25 minute periods with no goal kicks taken. Wests Tigers scored 13 tries to 2.
"Wests Tigers were outstanding with ball in hand and were good in coming out of their own yardage area,'' he said.
"I was so proud of the effort turned in by my boys. They stuck in there right till the very end. I think the game against Wests Magpies SG Ball side on Tuesday took it out of them. No excuses but every man stood up.
"Kristian Bell was very, very good. He is a fine player who has been training with the first grade team. We have high aspirations for him. Curtis Pullen also went well. He is a big minutes man who does a lot of the unseen work.
"I also thought our full-back Luke Hardcastle was outstanding. He was captain for the game and he saved several line breaks made by Wests Tigers.
"Every one of my players put their hand up. To be honest, this is the benchmark we need to be at . This is what we need to try and do. Be good like Wests Tigers were with ball in hand.
"We were not afraid to put our bodies in front but the size and physique of some of the Wests Tigers forwards told in the ends. We are a little bit busted after playing 160 minutes of rugby league in 3 days."
1 Luke Hardcastle, 2 James Beaumont, 3 David Scott, 4 Rowan Colquhoun, 5 Richard Clayphan, 6 Jordan Lee 7 Matthew Beharrell, 8 Loyd Ofori, 9 Joseph Gay, 10 Callum Taylor, 11 Sonny Esslemont, 12 Curtis Pullen, 13 Kristian Bell
14 Callum Tolson, 15 Danny Kelso, 16 Sam Jowsey, 17 Craig Smith, 18 Adam Sunman, 19 Ryan Dale, 20 Jacob Blades, 21 James Deighton.
1 Jordan Marshall, 2 Harry Grove, 3 Michael Kai, 4 Ngamanu Winitana, 5 Matt Mulcahy, 6 Manaia Rudolph, 7 Connor Toia, 8 Jarrod Sczcudlo, 9 James Luff, 10 Soni Paasi, 11 Sita Akauola, 12 Andy Fiagatusa, 13 Luke Williams,
14 Adrien Tatola, 15 Luke Hickey, 16 Tim Hurst, 17 Jake Waugh, 18 Nafoa Lepai, 19 Menai Cherrington, 20 Jack Madden, 21 Mitchell Moses, 22 Nathan Scarano.
Wests Tigers try: Jordan Marshall - showed ball to slice through 3 defenders to score behind posts. 1-0
Wests Tigers try: Manaia Rudolph - came off the back of strong run by prop Soni Paasi. 2-0
Wests Tigers try: Matt Mulcahy - hooker James Luff dummied to split defence to provide cut out pass for Mulcahy.3-0.
Wests Tigers try: Michael Kai - on back of good ball by forward Adrian Tatola to send hooker Mitchell Moses downfield. Kai scored next play. 4-0
Hull KR try: Ryan Dale - ball spread left for winger to dive over in the corner. 4-1
Wests Tigers try: Jordan Marshall (2nd) - good cut out pass from Mitchell Moses on back of strong dummy half run from Nafoa Lepai. 5-1
Wests Tigers try: Mitchell Moses - forward Luke Hickey sends Moses over after good lead up run by back Nathan Scarano. 6-1
Hull KR try: Ryan Dale (2nd): dived over from dummy half after good work by lock Kristian Bell and second-rower Curtis Pullen on the previous tackle. 6-2
Wests Tigers try: Jordan Marshall (3rd) - grubber kick from Bell saw ball bounce into arms of Marshall to race 80 metres to score. 7-2
Wests Tigers try: Jake Waugh - set up by strong runs and offloads by props Jarrod Szczudlo and Soni Paasi. 8-2
Wests Tigers try: hooker Menaia Cherrington raced 30 metres from dummy half to score next to posts. 9-2.
Wests Tigers try: Manaia Rudolph - found open space at left centre to beat 3 defenders in 40 metre run. 10-2.
Wests Tigers try: Ngamanu Winitana: backed up break from dummy half by Mitchell Moses to score. 11-2.
Wests Tigers try: Menaia Cherrington (2nd) - on back of strong run and offload by Jarrod Szczudlo. Wests Tigers 12-2.
Wests Tigers try: Sita Akauola - clever lead up work by centre Michael Kai led to try. Wests Tigers 13-2.
The club would like to thank the following sponsors who all contributed to sending the young Robins on their trip:
* The Parasol Group
* JC Services
* Rovers Supporters Group
* Rovers' Ex-players Association
* Paul Luen
* Ian Kelly & Dave Fassioms
* And not fogetting Hull KR fans everywhere who have all made contributions at the many fundraising events!
By Wayne Cousins (Wests Tigers)