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Sheens: We’re one step closer

Head coach Tim Sheens was pleased with his side’s efforts as Rovers made it four wins from four in the Super 8’s Qualifiers with a 30-18 victory at Featherstone.

The Robins scored tries through Ryan Shaw, Danny Addy, Jamie Ellis, Andrew Heffernan and Thomas Minns at the LD Nutrition Stadium as they went one step closer to securing promotion back to the Betfred Super League.

Speaking after the game, Sheens said: “I was very happy with the first half, especially as we were playing up the hill and went a try down. We only had one full set inside their half so we had to work really hard from our own end which we did.

“The second half a few simple errors disappointed us but we are four from four so I couldn’t ask for much more.

“We loaded the bench with forwards and they all had an impact. Featherstone worked hard to get over the top of us and slowed the play the ball down. They didn’t give us much momentum, although we regained some in the second half when they tired, but I was happy with our pack rotation.

“Our halves controlled the game today, they kicked pretty well and were much better in defence today than other games this season. It was really pleasing to see them putting their bodies on the line. Heff and Minns were very good, our centre-wing combinations are the best we could have played and they are very on form. The ball on the edge has worked well for us, especially from long range.”

Today’s victory secures Hull KR’s place in the Million Pound Game at least and could leave the Robins just one win away from sealing automatic promotion back to the Betfred Super League. If Warrington beat Leigh Centurions next week, then a victory against either Widnes or Catalans would be enough for Rovers to go up.

Sheens added: “We’ve got both feet in the Million Pound Game now which was the first objective for us in the Qualifiers.

“We now need Warrington to do us a favour next week and then our two home games against Super League opposition give us an opportunity.

“We have momentum behind us, but we are just keeping our heads down and ignoring other mathematical complications and our focus is to just keep on winning games. It will be business as usual for us this week and we’ll focus just on winning this next game.”

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