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Sheens: We did some good things today

Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens was pleased with several aspects of his team’s performance in a 64-11 victory over Dewsbury Rams, but admitted his side would face sterner tests over the coming weeks.

Rovers ran in 12 tries in a comprehensive victory at KCOM Craven Park, including a first half hat-trick for winger Ryan Shaw, leaving Sheens praising his side’s execution in an enterprising display in sweltering conditions.

Speaking to after the game, Sheens said: “There were some errors that we need to fix up but it was a much better start and everybody had a real dig in that heat. The effort has always been there in recent weeks but we executed a lot better today and that was the difference.

“I don’t think that was our best side out there by a long way with the people missing but they all put the effort in. I was very happy with Will Jubb from the start, he tackled everything in that first 25 minutes. Lee Jewitt made his debut and I was pleased with how he went over his three spells. He’s not had a game in five or six weeks so to come into the team in those conditions was difficult for him but he did well. He rans some good strong lines and tackled well and that’s what you want from your front rowers.

“Mitch Clark had a bit more game time today and he certainly carried the ball strongly. He’s a bit different from the other props we’ve got. He’s got that power game that you need in your team as long as he controls it and plays smart. He’s certainly getting back to how he was earlier in the season.

“We had twelve completed sets from the tries but we were down on our completion if you looked at the rest of our performance. If you look at the rest of the games this weekend, that’s been the case in all the other matches as well with the sticky conditions so we’re not going to get too down about it.

“We’re a fit side and the guys come from everywhere to support any half break. Some of that positioning is deliberate as well, with us bringing the outside backs in tighter when we’re playing up the middle. There’s some speed in this side as well which always helps.

“There were some really good things done today but we’re realistic to know there are bigger games ahead because I felt for Dewsbury today. They’ve got a game coming up in midweek and had to rest a few players for that with their guys all having jobs to go to tomorrow morning. Although we were missing plenty of players ourselves, we’re in the position of being a really professional side with a 36-man squad.”

As for injuries, Sheens added: “We suspect that Jordan (Abdull) has broken a bone in his foot but we’ll get him scanned tonight and we’ll see. Until we get those results, we’re not going to speculate.

“Kieren (Moss) was due to play off the bench but he was running late to get to the game and he’s been carrying a hamstring niggle so that was the main factor in us taking him out.

“Andrew Heffernan was pulled at half-time after taking a knock to the shoulder he’s had problems with before. It’s nothing major but we didn’t want to risk sending him back out there with the scoreline what it was.”

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