We are a third of the waythrough the comeback season, and It’s turned out to be tougher than we expected.
Some of the performances have been extremely poor to say the least. Some performances though have been better, with some players putting in some rather good performances, e.g. Thomas Minns in the Derby. It is clear though that Rovers have to improve tenfold over the remainder of the season, if they are going to have a chance to climb into the top eight, and avoid the dreaded Middle 8s like the last season we were in Super League. So let’s see who has been the best performers for the Robins this season.
Ryan Shaw has arguably been Rovers’ best player this season. He has scored six tries this season, and has been brilliant from the tee aswell. Shaw is running rings around opposition left edges, and is scoring for fun. Shaw really is turning into a strong fans favourite, and they can really rely on him to put in a good performance every week, and really get Rovers going forward. Shaw has definitely caught the eye of other Super League fans and clubs, and I will be surprised if Shaw hasn’t moved to another club within the next few years.
Considering Atkin came from the Championship, he has been really solid in the Super League this year. Atkin may have only scored the one try this season, but he has set up 4 tries for his teammates – the joint most in the squad. I think a lot of Rovers fans were sceptical about his signing towards the end of the Championship season last year. I think they were worried about how he was going to cope with the fast pace of the Super League, but I think he has coped really well, and we have a lot to come from him.
Adam Quinlan has also been very steady this season. He is joint top with Chris Atkin as Rovers’ top assist maker this season, while scoring three tries in the process. Us Rovers fans have been really impressed with Quinlan since he joined in 2016. He has flair, skill and also a lot of pace, which makes him stand out from the rest of the pack. For a full back, he has an average gain of about eight metres from every tackle, which is some going for quite a skinny back. He is a really important piece in the jigsaw for Rovers, and when he is not playing, you can really tell.
When he isn’t injured, McGuire is a key player for rovers. A lot was made of his signing last year, but I think he has answered a lot of his critics, and is a crucial piece for Rovers this season. It’s clear to see this when he hasn’t been playing, Rovers have been extremely poor. There hasn’t been much quality shown when he isn’t there, and he holds the key to Rovers’ attacking play. He is definitely not too old, and is definitely going to be important for Rovers for the remainder of this season.