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Sheens: A great effort by everybody

Tim Sheens praised the effort from his players and coaching staff as Hull KR beat Super League’s Leigh Centurions 20-16 in the second round of the Qualifiers.

A gutsy defensive performance combined with tries from Shaun Lunt (2) and Ryan Shaw earned the Robins their second win of the season at the Leigh Sports Village and Sheens was quick to give credit to the club, players and backroom staff.

Speaking to www.hullkr.co.uk, Sheens said: “It’s another foot in the door. We’re two out of two and one of those was against a Super League side which certainly helps, so it was a great effort by everybody.

“We were patient and we just hung in there. Leigh completed really high and they battered us in the middle but we hung on and that great catch from Ryan Shaw on the touchline really paid off. He’s done a lot of work on that high ball.

“We just persevered and I still had one interchange left at the end of the game, so we backed our fitness and it helped win us the game. There’s still a lot of areas where we can get better and we’ll need to, but the confidence we’ll have from beating a Super League side at this time will be good for us.

“We had some injuries during the week that I don’t want to go into, but we patched some players up this afternoon. The physios and the doctors have done a great job getting them out on the field and the players worked really hard as well.

“The club let us come down and stay over last night, so they did everything they could to help us. I’m pleased for everybody at the club and the supporters that we rewarded them with the win.”

Skipper Shaun Lunt was instrumental for the Robins as he came off the bench to score two tries and after the match, Sheens explained his reasoning behind the move.

“We kept Lunty off the field for the first 15 minutes of the game. That meant that when he did come on, he didn’t need a break and could get through to the end of the game, which was massive for us.

“George Lawler started at hooker and he’s just a machine with his tackling and work rate. We had to do a lot of work defensively in those first 15 minutes and George did that and then stayed on at loose forward when Shaun came on.

“Shaun injected his speed and his smarts into the game. He’s a very intelligent player around the ruck but everybody played their part out their today.

“We’ll enjoy it tonight but it means nothing if we don’t come out next week and back it up. We’ve got one more game left before the break for the cup and it’s important we don’t waste this now. We need to come out strongly next week and London at home is going to be a tough game again. We’ll enjoy the moment but in 24 hours’ time we’ve got to get our heads down and focus on next week.”

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