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‘The supporters were tremendous’

Head coach Tim Sheens has hailed the Hull Kingston Rovers supporters ahead of this Saturday’s crunch match against Widnes Vikings at KCOM Craven Park.

More than 2,500 Robins fans made the trip to West Yorkshire yesterday as Sheens’ men secured a 30-18 victory over Featherstone Rovers and a fourth win from as many matches during the Super 8’s Qualifiers.

Provided Warrington beat Leigh this weekend, KR could now secure promotion back to the Betfred Super League with a victory over either Widnes or Catalans Dragons at home over the next fortnight and Sheens has praised the impact of the Red Army on the club’s results in recent weeks.

Sheens said: “The supporters were tremendous again at the weekend. I want to make a special effort to thank each and every one of them for that because they made it feel like a home game.

“There was something like 20 buses and 2,500 supporters that went which is just unbelievable. They were great, they cheered us and luckily we came up with the goods for them with another win. We’re now four from four and I’m very happy about that.

“It was tremendous to see our supporters packing out the ground like that yesterday and I’m sure they’ll be right behind us once again this Saturday. To average crowds of7,500 in the Championship has been a great effort and the way people have backed us has made a huge difference to our budgets during the course of the season, with the likes of Justin Carney, Chris Atkin, Lee Jewitt and Mose Masoe all joining at some stage during the year.

“Our supporters have been behind us every step of the way but the atmosphere has really been cranked up during these Qualifiers which is great because it’s really helped the players during some crucial periods of some tight matches. We always love playing here on our own ground and it’s a good advantage to have with the fanbase we’ve got behind us.”

Another strong crowd is expected at KCOM Craven Park for the match on Saturday, which kicks off at 3.15pm, with the MLS Group Colin Hutton Stand and the floc Roger Millward Stand both nearing capacity. There are only around 200 seated tickets left in those stands and fans are advised to purchase as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Tickets are available from the Rovers Retail store in Savile Street or online at www.hullkr.co.uk/tickets

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