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Sheens delighted with three wins

Head coach Tim Sheens gave his reaction to today’s 35-30 victory over London Broncos at KCOM Craven Park as Hull KR maintained their unbeaten start to the Super 8’s Qualifiers.

Ryan Shaw bagged a brace of tries to go with scores for Kieren Moss, Robbie Mulhern and Danny Addy as the Robins made it three wins from three in the competition, with an excellent first half performance setting the platform despite a fightback from the Broncos after the break.

Speaking to www.hullkr.co.uk, Sheens said: “Getting another win was the most important thing and I’m delighted with three wins from three. It doesn’t get much better than that.

“You can’t expect to just run away in this competition. London had to win today and they played accordingly, they kept playing football in the second half and it came off at times. We wanted to win and started very well in the first half, but London were desperate for the win and there is a difference between the two at times.

“We were guilty of watching the clock too much in the second half and that’s something we spoke about in the changing room at full-time. It’s happened a few times now and it’s something we need to overcome because we let London back into the game and I was disappointed with how we played in the second half.

“I’m not going to be too critical of the players through because there are some tired bodies in there, both physically and mentally. We’ve had three tough games physically but mentally there’s been a lot of expectation on the club to win and that takes its toll.

“There were some issues behind the scenes this week as well with injury and a couple of guys who almost didn’t make it today, so I was really pleased with the effort from everybody.

“Danny Addy played 80 minutes but wasn’t going to play. His knee blew up with an infection and he didn’t train over the back-half of the week. Without antibiotics he wouldn’t have played, and I still only made the decision this morning. I thought his game was outstanding.”

All teams in the Qualifiers now have a weekend off for the Challenge Cup final, with the Robins next in action in a fortnight’s time away at Featherstone Rovers.

Tim said: “I’m expecting to have several players back in contention for that game which will help. We’ve not had anywhere close to our best team on the field and that’s been because of injury. I’ve not rested anybody just for the sake of it, we’ve just had injuries.

“Adam Quinlan, Thomas Minns and Nick Scruton should all be back for Featherstone and Andrew Heffernan will be fine as well after his head knock today.

“Graeme Horne, Mitch Clark and Zach Dockar-Clay all played well for the reserves as well and they’re knocking on the door. They’re all in my thoughts in terms of selection for the first team.”

Photo: Sheens delighted with three wins