Minikin Keen For Cup Success

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Minikin Keen For Cup Success

Rovers’ centre, Greg Minikin is looking forward to the challenge of facing his former side in Cup action this Friday, as the Robins look to right a few wrongs of 2021 thus far.

Coming off the back of a pointless round two tie against St. Helens, Minikin feels the Red and Whites’ recent problems of failing to come out of the blocks fast can’t be pinned down to just one issue.

A straight-forward, ‘go out there and get it done’ kind of attitude is hoping to be the catalyst on Friday night, with Hull KR looking to advance into the next round of the Betfred Challenge Cup.

“I think we have improved from as far back as the friendly against Castleford to the last two games. But there is a lot more to do – as a group, we are not happy with losing, we are not happy with the starts of the games,” said Minikin.

“You could tell that against Saints our defence was much better, we have been working hard on it in training. But our attack took a bit of a hit because we spent so much time and effort holding up the defensive line.

“I don’t think you can put your finger on any one individual thing. We can have really good weeks in training, and you can build up a huge buzz, but we are just not starting the games how we want.

“I don’t think it’s anything we need to really point our fingers at. It’s just something as simple as doing it, getting fired up before a game and start well.”

Minikin, who was a grand finalist with Friday’s opponents back in 2017, is yet to get within touching distance of glory in Rugby League’s oldest competition, something high on the list of his career aims.

“The Challenge Cup is a great competition for me. It gives you a little break from the league and a chance to play at Wembley. When you look at the history of the Challenge Cup and the people who have won it, it’s a huge honour to represent any team in it. It’s huge for Rugby League and all its fans.

“The club got to the final not so long ago, but we want to take it that one step further, everyone wants to win the Challenge Cup.”


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