Hull KR young guns set for Wigan test
HULL KR coach Craig Sandercock says a couple of the club's young guns have earned a chance to face Wigan at MS3 Craven Park on Sunday.
Sandercock's youthful side beat Gateshead Thunder 22-8 at Kingston Park in the Robins' first pre-season friendly of 2013.
A happy Rovers coach was pleased with their application to the cause and the character shown to see off the Championship One side.
"The kids did a really good job against Gateshead," Sandercock said.
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"They all remain in contention to face Wigan next week.
"I'll have a good look at the video when I go home and I'll come up with a squad for the Wigan game.
"None of the youngsters let themselves down.
"They tried hard and showed the appropriate commitment and desire needed to play this game.
"I was happy with what I saw from them, especially in the second half. I want to give a couple of kids an opportunity against a really class side like Wigan."
One player missing from yesterday's match was prop Evarn Tuimavave.
He was initially named in the 20-man squad but didn't feature as Sandercock said he was protecting him for the start of the season.
"With Ryan O'Hara ruled out for the first couple of rounds of the competition, I didn't want to risk Evarn against Gateshead," he explained. "But he'll be there against Wigan.
"Alex Brown picked up an ankle injury but it should only be a sprain.
"If he's right, he might have a shot of playing against Wigan.
"James Green picked up a dead leg so we'll monitor him closely this week. Other than that we're looking pretty good."
Sandercock was pleased with the way his side corrected many of the errors they made in the first half.
Rovers were out-scored two tries to one and trailed 8-6, thanks to Gateshead missing both their conversions.
But it was all KR after the break as they made their superiority count.
"At half-time we spoke about some of the errors we were making," Sandercock said.
"There were areas we weren't doing well in but in the second half, the players fixed those and we saw the result of that in the end.
"Gateshead made it hard for us, especially in the first half.
"Our ball control was disappointing and our completion rate at half-time was around 60 per cent. A lot of those were on tackle one which kept Gateshead in the game.
"They tried hard and had a real good dig."