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Sheens proud of effort from young guns

Head coach Tim Sheens was full of pride at the effort of his much-changed Rovers side as they fell to a late 20-19 defeat to Super League’s Catalans Dragons.

It took two late tries from the visitors to defeat a youthful looking Robins outfit and Sheens said there were plenty of positives he could take from the performance.

“Given everything and the amount of changes I am so happy with the effort. We had a lot of inexperience in the side and there were many changes of position but I’m happy with the way everyone had a dig.

“We were a bit more relaxed and not as disappointed after the game given that we know we are in Super League. If it was a match we had to win it would have been a disaster for us.

“Our execution wasn’t the best and with ten minutes to go we didn’t have anything left. Robbie Mulhern came off and we couldn’t bring him back on.

“There wasn’t much in it between the teams which is a credit to us really because that was close to their best side and that was arguably our back-up team.

“We spoke about persevering with what we practiced at half-time. We played as individuals in the first half but we eventually got a little bit better in the second half.”

It was also an emotional send-off for captain on the night Ben Cockayne, who marked his final Rovers appearance at KCOM Craven Park with a try before he heads to York City Knights next season after playing more than 200 appearances for the club.

Cockayne will remain involved off the field with a part-time role in the club’s commercial department amongst other duties.

Sheens said: “Benny was a little emotional in the sheds afterwards and he would have loved to have won it, he’s that kind of player. I think it’s finally hitting home that things are starting to wind down for him. He’s far from finished with the club, though.”

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