Lawler: No room for complacency
Hull Kingston Rovers forward George Lawler says he and his teammates must ensure their preparation is spot-on if they are to defeat London Broncos at KCOM Craven Park on Sunday.
The Robins go into this weekend’s match on the back of a victory over Super League’s Leigh Centurions, a game in which Lawler was one of his team’s stand-out performers, but the ex-West Hull amateur says there can be no room for complacency this week.
A third win from three matches in the Super 8’s Qualifiers would leave Rovers in a strong position heading into a weekend off for the Challenge Cup Final, and Lawler believes each player needs to take responsibility for his own preparation against a dangerous London outfit.
He told this Sunday’s edition of the matchday programme, Rovers Review: “We’ve come back into training this week and worked hard. We’ve had some good sessions because we know we can’t be complacent.
“It’s about preparing well and listening to the advice that the coaches are giving you. The atmosphere during the week plays a big part, it comes from within the squad and usually leads into the game, so we need to make sure that’s right.
“Preparation starts with your recovery from the last match and is about doing the little things right, like sleeping and eating well. I know it’s a team game, but individually you’re got to get your own preparation right. If we all do that well, then it impacts on the team as a whole.
“We’ve played London a couple of times this year and they’ve been right up there with us all season. They’ve got good half backs who like to throw the ball about and they’re a good attacking side in particular, so we’ve got to be on our guard. We’re going to get tested right across the park, so we need to handle that and keep applying pressure on them. It’s a must-win game, that’s our mind-set.”
Lawler features on the front cover of this week’s programme and you can read more on the forward’s thoughts heading into the game in the full interview in Rovers Review this weekend.
There’s also an interview with new signing Danny McGuire, who will link up with the Robins next season from Leeds Rhinos, plus a pull-out team photo of the club’s Qualifiers squad in the 135th anniversary shirt.
Other content this week includes columns from head coach Tim Sheens and CEO Mike Smith, full analysis of last weekend’s results, history, stats, a guide to the opposition, club news and more.
Pick up a copy of the matchday programme for £3 from sellers around the ground, the Fan Hub in the North West corner of the ground or the matchday retail unit in the floc Roger Millward Stand.