Category: On The Pitch


Head Coach Tim Sheens spoke of his delight at the perseverance of his side despite the atrocious conditions at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

The win helps Rovers leapfrog Wakefield into 6th place on the ladder, earning Sheens’ side their first win on the road this season.

“Well you don’t beat Wakefield here every day of the week, they have had a lot of success here, the conditions were atrocious.” Said Sheens.

“Playing with 12 men for a while with Danny McGuire sin-binned, then losing James Greenwood made it that much tougher but that much sweeter I suppose.”

“We certainly gave them ground but the conditions made it a tough day to throw it to the backs, we probably are a back-line team and they are too off the back of their big forwards.”

“We stuck in there, the interchanges worked really well. We didn’t want to lose Greenwood that early, but Mitch Garbutt put in some big minutes and George Lawler”

“It just came down to perseverance and patience with the kick eventually winning us the game. It was always going to be a kick that would do it.”

Sheens admitted at times he thought the side had thrown away the game, claiming the side did everything to shoot themselves in the foot.

At times this season the Rovers defence has been called into question, however, Sheens was pleased with the effort he saw in defence throughout the match.

“You could smell it coming right from the first whistle. Right from the start, it was very tight, I thought that we had lost it really by not being in front at half-time.” Said Sheens

“Having the howling wind behind us, we gave away too many penalties, we had a man sin-binned and gave two 20m restarts, we did everything we could to shoot ourselves in the foot.”

“We’ve been criticised for our defence and although we were scrappy at times, they are a team of big men and we always had at least three men in the tackle.”

“We got them on the ground, and I think the conditions helped us out with that, but it was also fair for the other side.”

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