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Sandercock praises Robins’ special effort

Craig Sandercock was full of praise for what he classed as a special effort from the Robins in victory at Warrington last night.

In the end, it was a comfortable win for the red and whites but they had to do it the hard way with Adam Walker, Jason Netherton, Kris Keating and Liam Salter all having to leave the field due to injury.

“It was a really good performance from the boys,” the Robins’ boss said. “I thought that during the first half in particular it was a real high quality game and for us to come away with the two points against a class side is pleasing. And to have no bench for the final 20 minutes and be down to just 13 players means it was a pretty special performance.

“Adam Walker hurt a knee, Jason Netherton hurt his neck, Kris Keating had a calf problem and Liam Salter suffered a bad dead leg. Jason’s neck was stiff but the doctor thought he could get through and he did his job.

“Any time you beat a class side it’s a step in the right direction. It’s about us taking small steps forward and I thought we improved on our performance from last week. We’ve got an awful lot of boys out injured at the moment so it’s up to the boys who are out there to do the best they can and gradually improve.”

All attention will now turn to next Thursday night and a derby clash with Hull FC at the KC Lightstream Stadium. However, Sandercock’s first concern will be finding enough fit troops to call upon.

“At the moment we’re probably struggling to pick a side and I know that Stanley Gene is already on to me so he might make a guest appearance next week!” he added. “It was good to get the two points really and I haven’t thought about the derby game yet.

"We needed the two points from this fixture, we got them and the boys played well. Mick (Weyman) is lightning fast isn’t he? Having scored a double, I’ve no doubt that he’ll be telling me all about it on the bus on the way home!”

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