After the heroics of the Challenge Cup win at Leigh Centurions last weekend, its back to the bread and butter of the Kingstone Press Championship today for Tim Sheens’ Hull KR.
Last time out in the league the Robins tasted defeat for the first time this season at the hands of Toulouse, albeit with a fairly young and inexperienced side in the middle of a hectic Easter period against their nearest rivals.
Sheens will again be without some of his first grade stars, not least Adam Quinlan (pictured) with the classy young Aussie suffering a recurrence of a shoulder injury that plagued him earlier in the year. The Robins are awaiting scan results to see the extent of the damage, with early indications it could be anywhere between 6 weeks and season ending lay off.
Veteran fan’s favourite Ben Cockayne is the likely direct replacement in the full back position. As well as Quinlan, the Robins will be without Kieren Moss and centre Thomas Minns who continues to be troubled with concussion issues that the club are quite rightly handling with due care and attention. Big prop Mitch Clark returns to the squad to add some grunt up front to replace Nick Scruton.
Ex West Hull star George Lawler and Hull FC loanee Jordan Abdull (above) will look to continue their impressive form of recent weeks as the Robins hopeto take a stranglehold on the Championship as we enter the second half of the league campaign before the real business of the middle 8s begins.
Rochdale who had their chances to beat the Robins early in the season, when only a late Shaun Lunt try and Jamie Ellis penalty took the game away from them will be without back rower, Jono Smith (knee), whilst props Jovili Taira and Samir Tahroaul miss the game through suspension. Included in their ranks are ex Super League pair Miles Greenwood and Chris Riley.
Today’s game sees the club remembering the greatest ever player to don the famous red & white, Roger Millward. ‘The Dodger’ passed away last May and to mark the first anniversary fans are encouraged to create the “Sea of Sixes” by wearing this year’s home shirt that includes a number of tributes to the great man and displaying posters with the iconic red number 6 on and join in a round of applause in the 6th minute to honour and make sure the memory of the greatest ever Robin lives on.