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Sheens: Promotion feeling is surreal

Head coach Tim Sheens said today’s victory over Widnes Vikings which secured the team’s place back in Super League next season was for all the people who went through the Million Pound Game last year.

Rovers edged out Super League opposition for the second time in the Qualifiers courtesy of a 12-6 win over the Vikings at KCOM Craven Park, with promotion now guaranteed with two games of the season remaining.

Speaking to after the game, Tim said: “It’s hard to describe the feeling in the dressing room, you probably had to be in there to appreciate it, but it’s a great moment for the club and everybody involved – players, staff, administrators, owners and supporters.

“I was employed to coach the team and hopefully get them back in Super League and we’ve done that today. There’s plenty of satisfaction there and it compares with the other success I’ve had in my career for sure.

“But I’m more pleased for the club and everybody who went through that Million Pound Game on this ground 12 months ago. We put that right today.

“It’s a bit surreal really with us still having two games to go because it felt like a Grand Final today. We’ll have to get our heads around these last two weeks but we’ll enjoy the moment.

“It was just like us not to make it easy but also just like us in terms of grit and desire. When you get to these sort of games with the end of the tunnel in sight, those are the sort of things that count. It wasn’t pretty, you’re not going to score too many fancy tries but just need to get across the line and that’s the way we played right through the series.”

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