Joel Tomkins: Squad fully focused on beating Wigan after busy week off-field
Hull Kingston Rovers captain Joel Tomkins insists the squad are fully focused on beating Wigan Warriors on Sunday after a busy week off-the-field at the club.
Tim Sheens’ departure on Wednesday night was quickly followed up by the head coaching appointment of Tony Smith until the end of the 2019 campaign.
Tomkins – who first met with Smith on Saturday during the ‘captain’s run’, said the playing group are maintaining all of their attentions towards beating his former side at KCOM Craven Park.
“Regardless of what’s happened this week, it’s a huge game for us,” Tomkins told Hull KR TV.
“Wigan are only a couple of places above us in the league and if we can get a win it will give us a real boost and we can start climbing that table.
“Obviously it’s been a difficult week with Tim leaving but the players have got together and had a chat. We’ve made it clear that we need to get a win this week. To finish the week with a win will be a massive positive. We all have to take responsibility and get that win.
“It’s a huge game for us. Wigan are only couple of places above us and getting a win will be a real boost.
“We’ve got to start winning – we’re under pressure, there’s no two ways about it. We’ve got to get better at defending the lead and playing more positively when in the lead. It’s a big area of improvement for us and putting in 80 minute performances instead of 40 or 60.”