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Sheens: Return of trio would be huge boost

Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Tim Sheens is hoping for three key players to provide his side with a huge boost in tomorrow’s Super 8’s Qualifiers clash against Featherstone Rovers.

Adam Quinlan, Thomas Minns and Nick Scruton have all been named in Sheens’ 19-man squad for the trip to the LD Nutrition Stadium, when the Robins will seek a fourth consecutive win in the quest for promotion, and the trio are expected to return from injury this weekend providing they come through the week’s final training session unscathed.

Speaking to before the game, Sheens said: “We’ve named all three in the squad and if they all pull through it will be a huge boost for the team and close to near our best squad.

“Not playing last week has helped and given us a bit more time to get ready, but every team has had that benefit in the Qualifiers and Featherstone will gain from that time off just as much as we will.

“I’ve said on a few other occasions before that it’s one thing having a player back from injury but it’s another having them match fit. Bringing too many players into the side all at once can cause problems, but we’d like to think that we’ll get our fair share of the ball on Sunday so it shouldn’t be a problem for the outside backs in particular to come through and play 80 minutes.

“Adam and Thomas have worked really hard and look in good shape so they should be fine, but we’ve obviously got contingency plans in place as we always would every week anyway.”

Hull KR have won all three of their matches in the Qualifiers so far courtesy of victories over Halifax, Leigh and London, but Sheens is expecting another testing encounter against Featherstone tomorrow.

“This week won’t be any different to our two previous encounters against Featherstone this year. We had a draw at their place and a narrow win at ours, so we’re expecting another tough game.

“They’ll come out hard and their game against Widnes was a one-off I think. They won’t play that poorly again and it was one of those games where Widnes were running hot and every kick bounced their way.

“Featherstone at home are always difficult to beat and they’ll have a must-win mentality. They know they need to win to keep their chances in the Qualifiers alive and we know how important a win would be for us as well, so you can expect a pretty hotly contested game.

“We need to be consistent over the full 80 minutes, no silly passes or drop offs in intensity, simple missed tackles or failures to defuse kicks. They’re the things you continually work at and again this week we’ll be focused on trying to do those better and not giving them too many opportunities.”

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