Tim Sheens reacts to facing Warrington in Coral Challenge Cup and discusses Salford win
Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Tim Sheens says he’s delighted after drawing a home tie in the Coral Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Rovers overcame Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday afternoon, running out 32-18 winners to book their place in the last eight.
Earlier, the Robins were selected to face last year’s beaten finalists at Wembley, Warrington Wolves, at KCOM Craven Park, on the weekend of June 1/2, with dates and kick-off times to be confirmed in due course.
“I made the comment to everyone after the Salford game that we’d be happy with a home tie and we have got one,” Sheens exclusively told hullkr.co.uk.
“There’s still three weeks to go until we host Warrington so there’s plenty of footy to be played in the meantime. However, we’re hopefully going to build our strength over next three weeks with a couple of guys returning to action.
“I’m delighted for the supporters that it’s a home game. Those who made the trip over to Salford were rewarded with a pleasing performance and it’s great that they can support us on our turf in a few weeks’ time.”
Proud of his side’s showing against Salford, Sheens praised his team’s ability to come back from 16-6 down to emerge victorious.
“It was pretty ominous for a while, in the first half, it all went wrong,” Sheens added.
“But we persevered. Ryan Shaw kept us in the game with his boot, and Krisnan Inu missing a couple helped us. We had that impetus to keep going. Once we sensed we were going OK, the boys really worked hard.
“Josh Drinkwater’s left-foot step from a scrum, changed the nature of the game too, and it was great to see a good half-back getting involved. Our boys in Josh and Danny McGuire stood up and I challenged them too – I wanted more talk about our halves than theirs after the game.”
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