Cory Paterson: Defensive resolve so key for Hull KR
HULL KR second rower Cory Paterson feels his side can continue their climb up the table if they repeat their defensive qualities at London this weekend.
Despite a slow start to the season, Rovers travel to The Stoop on Saturday evening knowing a win will keep them in the top eight.
London were win-less before they travelled to Salford last Friday and blew the Reds away by 34 points in a 38-4 success.
Salford had beaten Rovers 38-34 the week before, but the Robins' 26-12 win over Warrington at MS3 Craven Park has already shown Paterson how unpredictable Super League can be.
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"Our attitude in defence will be the key in London this weekend," Paterson told the Mail.
"If we turn up with the same intensity and work ethic in defence then the points will come our way.
"Our attitude was top-notch and our defence was very good.
"Every game is big and points are so crucial every week.
"We need to take each game as a challenge and pick up as many points as we can.
"We still need a bit of work on our execution, but that will get better as the season goes on. Overall, Sunday was very pleasing as Warrington are a quality side."
Having left Craven Park with smiles on their faces at the weekend, it was in stark contrast to the atmosphere seven days earlier.
Heavily criticised at Salford for a collapse which saw them throw away a 20-point lead to lose the previous week, few gave the Robins a chance of stopping Tony Smith's side.
But after pulling out all the stops they produced their best 80-minute performance of the season.
Surprisingly, Paterson says there was no in-depth investigation after the Salford collapse and he credits hard work for the win over Warrington.
"Nothing had to be said after the Salford loss," said Paterson, who has made over 100 metres in every game this season.
"We all knew where we went wrong and where we had to improve.
"We did a lot better against Warrington than we did the previous week, and it was a good way to put right the Salford disappointment.
"That's the standard we have to keep every week now.
"It's hard but if we want to be a top side then those are the performances we need to put in consistently.
"The big thing was keeping Warrington scoreless in the second half because that's our main thing.
"We know we can score points, but to keep them to no points in the second half was the most pleasing thing.
"We still have a few things to work on in our game before we go to London this weekend."