Sandercock expecting results
Wigan Warriors visit Craven Park this Sunday (KO 3pm) and despite it being a ‘friendly', Robins' Head Coach Craig Sandercock is expecting it to be an intense encounter.
Having fielded a predominantly young side at Featherstone a week ago, Sandercock will select a much more experienced team on Sunday.
“Most of the players who didn't play at Featherstone last weekend will play against Wigan on Sunday,” he said. “Having said that, there are a couple of boys carrying niggling injuries so we're going to have a look at them on Saturday morning and see how they are.
“With it only being a friendly I don't want to risk anybody who isn't 100 per cent fit. Generally speaking though, we'll be rolling out a different side to the one that we saw at Featherstone.”
Wigan are expected to be amongst the frontrunners in 2012 and Sandercock believes that having a hit-out against that level of opposition will be beneficial to his players, especially the younger ones.
“You have to play the top sides when the competition gets underway so I'm very happy that we're playing Wigan this weekend,” he continued. “They're a top class side and the game should give us a fair indication of where we're at.
“It'll also give some of the younger blokes who'll feature during the game a chance to show whether they really have got what it takes to be knocking on the door for selection come the opening round of the season at Leeds.”
As with last week's friendly at Featherstone, the result isn't the most important aspect for the Robins, it'll be the performance that the Robins' Head Coach will be looking at.
“Obviously we want to win,” he added. “It doesn't matter if it's a friendly or a competition game, everyone wants to win. But what we're really looking for is to try and put into the game what we've been practicing during training.
“If we can do that and put our offensive and defensive structures into place then I'll be happy.
“I'm expecting it to be intense because when most footballers cross that white stripe they're very competitive. There's also a lot of competition for places within our squad, particularly in the forwards, so we'd be silly to go in with a relaxed attitude.”
* Supporters are reminded that they can pay on the day for the friendly against Wigan Warriors at Craven Park this coming Sunday (KO 3pm).
Admission prices are £10 adults and £5 concessions and there will be cash turnstiles available on the East Stand, Roger Millward Stand and The Well. Please note that both the North and South stands will not be open on Sunday.Back To Latest News +