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Sheens: Scrappy performance but result all that counts

Head coach Tim Sheens admitted he wasn’t particularly happy with his team’s performance, although the Robins booked their place in the next round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a 48-10 victory over Sheffield Eagles.

Rovers scored eight tries on a damp day at KCOM Craven Park but Sheens credited Sheffield for making his team work harder than the scoreline suggested as they repeated their league victory over the Eagles a fortnight ago.

Speaking after the match, Sheens said: “I wasn’t overly happy with the game from our point of view. “The scoreline looks like we’ve had a comfortable win, but it wasn’t like that.

“We spoke during the week about having beaten them by 50 points two weeks ago, and trying to get the boys up again was a big effort. We warned that it didn’t mean we were just going to go through their line

“We reiterated that again at half-time because we were scrappy. I thought the turning point was probably the sin-binning. That really made us picked our act up and we actually started the second half well, completed high and got back into the game when it could have gone either way.

“We then played well in the second half to get the win. We deliberately played down our left a lot more this week, attacking their right edge. It’s no coincidence that Jordan Abdull, Bobby Blair and Thomas Minns all had good games and saw a lot of ball.

“We got the win which is all that mattered. The draw is on Tuesday and what will be will be. We’ll concentrate on preparing for next week and we’ll take a look at the next cup game when it comes around.”

Meanwhile, Sheens had an update on Adam Quinlan who left the field with an injury just before half-time.

“Adam has dislocated his shoulder and he’s gone off to the hospital to get it looked at. It’s gone back into place in the changing rooms which is a good thing but we’ll see what the damage is. That will determine how long he will be out for.

“These things you’ve just got to live with and move forward. Benny Cockayne can play at full back but Kieren Moss is a natural full back, probably more of a full back than a winger, so we’ve got a couple of options there.”

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