Dobson ready for Rhinos challenge

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Dobson ready for Rhinos challenge

Michael Dobson will gladly shoulder the responsibilities of leading the team around the park without the help of injured half-back partner Blake Green when the Robins' take on the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley tonight (KO 8pm).

The injuries to Green, skipper, Ben Galea, Ryan O'Hara and youngster Richard Beaumont have been the only downsides of what has been a very productive pre-season. Dobson is undeterred though, and is confident that whoever partners him at half-back will be fully prepared to slot straight into the position and do the required job.

“Obviously it was a major blow to lose Blake after all the work he had put in, and all the boys are gutted for him,” Dobson said. “But the good thing about the trial games was it gave the younger blokes a run in that position.

“We have a few players who can fill Blake's spot so although we are extremely disappointed at losing him, I think we have enough cover until he returns.”

The fixture computer has certainly given the Robins a tough start but it's one that Dobson is relishing.

“I am looking forward to the start and it is going to be a very tough one against Leeds but hopefully we can catch them off guard and pick up a win,” he added. “Of course, we are aware that three out of the first four first games of the season are away from home but if you want to be in the mix at the top come the end of the season then you have to win your away games too.

“Everyone is pretty pumped and we had good trial form where we were able to gel as a team. The positives we can take from the trial games are that we were able to get the combinations right with the new fresh faces in there and implement some of the plays Sandy has brought in, and we definitely did that.

“I think we have a real good mix this year, the overseas blokes have impressed in the games, especially Mickey Paea and Con Mika, and so have the new English blokes that have been brought in like David Hodgson and Graeme Horne.

“Then you have the younger blokes like Jordan Cox, Liam Salter, Blake Green, and Chris Heil all waiting in the wings to be given their opportunity, so all in all we are looking good.”

By Pete Stephenson

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