Joel Tomkins reveals relief after Hull KR’s narrow Cup win over Leigh

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Joel Tomkins reveals relief after Hull KR’s narrow Cup win over Leigh

Hull Kingston Rovers captain Joel Tomkins admitted his relief following the club’s 14-10 Coral Challenge Cup win over Leigh Centurions.

The Robins had to come from behind to score two late tries against a spirited opposition, and secure their place in Monday’s sixth-round draw.

Praising Leigh for their attitude, and calling for Rovers to raise their game ahead of next Friday’s derby against Hull FC, Tomkins says there’s plenty of room for improvement in KR’s playbook.

“Relief is probably the best word to describe the emotion after that,” he told Hull KR TV.

“We were really poor, there’s no two ways about it and we took a couple of steps back from our performance against Leeds. We’re back to the drawing board – we have to look at what we didn’t do and take it forward into Hull FC next week.

“I’ve been involved in quite a few Cup games that felt like this, it was a massive game for Leigh and credit to them. They have a good coach in John Duffy and they played to their strengths which made it difficult to play to ours.

“We got the win, we can’t be too disheartened, we just have to up our game. It didn’t feel too uncomfortable, we had points in us but we had to get them down. If we perform like we did, and Hull turn up next week, we’ll be on the wrong end of a result.”


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