Sheens: I learned a lot from that
Head coach Tim Sheens said he took plenty of information from his side’s performance as a battling Rovers lost out 46-24 at Warrington Wolves in the final game of the 2017 season.
With promotion back to the Betfred Super League already secured and a number of senior players missing from the team, the Robins put in an encouraging display at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and were just two points behind after an hour courtesy of two tries each for wingers Ryan Shaw and Will Oakes.
However, a stronger Warrington side piled on the points in the final quarter and Sheens said it reinforced some thoughts he had already heading into 2018.
“We just ran out of steam towards the end, similar to last week. They were just a bit too big for us and there was a lot of emotion behind their game with it being Tony Smith’s final game in charge.
“We were missing quite a few more than them from the start and then we lost Chris Clarkson and Matty Marsh to injuries and they had to come off. Lee Jewitt also hurt his hand so we were struggling a bit towards the end and we just couldn’t contain their middle.
“When you’ve got big, strong forwards running good lines, with good organisation, off good No.9s then it causes you problems at this level. We had some personnel missing, but it just reinforced what I was already thinking in that we need to add a bit of size and strength to go to the next level and a full season in Super League.
“There was nothing riding on today but you can still learn a lot in terms of who has a bit of pride and who has a go. I was a bit disappointed with one or two but overall I was really happy with the effort again from us.
“Some silly passes and too many errors cost us in the end, you can’t invite a team of Warrington’s ability onto your line as they’ll run through you, but for most of the game we were right in it. The scoreline probably didn’t reflect that but we didn’t get embarrassed despite having a few missing.
“Will Oakes went really well on the wing, he looks a good young player for us, and Robbie Mulhern was outstanding through the middle playing big minutes. We just need a bit more size to control the ruck at this level.”