Hull KR: Travis Burns factor could take Warrington by surprise
HULL KR skipper Michael Dobson believes new star Travis Burns can bring a surprise element to their play when facing Warrington tomorrow.
Burns has had to wait for his introduction to the English game, having served the final four games of a ban from his days in the NRL.
Dobson says his new half-back partner is raring to go and, with the Robins' captain always earmarked as the man to stop by opponents, he is looking forward to some of the attention being deflected elsewhere.
"I think Travis will bring a surprise element to our game. Other clubs haven't seen how he is going to play in our team," he said.
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"Warrington will be aware of my strengths and weaknesses, so I won't be a surprise to them, but Travis will. He is raring to go and he'll be good for us."
The long search for an ideal partner for Dobson has seen the skipper often shoulder too much responsibility for the Robins.
Opponents have often adopted a 'stop Dobson – stop KR' approach, but the Aussie is confident his tenth different KR half-back partner will put an end to that.
"Hopefully, Travis and I can get a good run at it and make a good combination," he said.
"We have done a bit of training together and we have worked on the times we link up, but we will be on the opposite side of the pitch for most of the game.
"Our partnership has been good so far, but we haven't done that much because I have been training with others who have been filling in for him.
"There is a lot of work for us to do between now and the end of the season."
Coach Craig Sandercock has highlighted the need for a solid kicking game tomorrow if the Robins are to avoid being torn to shreds by the Wolves.
And Dobson says nothing short of an 'outstanding' display will be enough.
"The kicking game and battle for field position is always important. In most games the team that comes out on top of that element wins," he added.
"Hopefully, our kicking game will be outstanding tomorrow. If we play to our potential I think we can get a good result.
"We beat them last year so there's no reason why we can't do it again."