Hull KR's 'Eden project' already bearing fruit
ON the evidence of last week's 44-18 win over Widnes, Hull KR's very own 'Eden project' looks like it can deliver plenty of success this season.
In a victory which marked Greg Eden's debut for the Robins, the full-back showed exactly how important he is to Craig Sandercock's side.
Impressive in pre-season wins against Wigan and Hull, fans saw the addition of the former Huddersfield man as crucial to the side's chances of starting the season well.
Unfortunately, a hamstring injury ruled him out for the first two games, both ending in defeats.
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Coincidence? Maybe. But after returning to help his new side to a win, Eden is glad to have lived up to expectation with a try on his competitive debut.
He explained: "I didn't know what to think when people talked me up, I just put it to the back of my mind.
"I wanted to get out and do what I had to do, so it was frustrating to be injured.
"It was very frustrating to get through the pre-season friendlies fine and then pull up in training with a hamstring injury.
"But it was good to get a try on my home debut and I'm looking to build on that against Salford and in the coming weeks."
Eden's absence for the defeats to Catalan and Wakefield forced Sandercock into a reshuffle, with Craig Hall filling in at full-back, despite being the ideal replacement for the suspended Travis Burns.
As a consequence, it weakened Rovers at half-back but the return of Eden, alongside Kris Welham and Rhys Lovegrove, strengthened the backs against Widnes, with Dave Hodgson the only one from that department not to score.
Facing a side vulnerable to leaking tries to opposing backs tomorrow night, 68 per cent of the 22 tries Salford have conceded this season have been scored by outside backs, Eden is hoping for another profitable game.
"It's exciting to hear that a lot of backs have scored against Salford and I'll be looking to have a decent game against them," he added.
"Our backs are young and exciting and the club's future looks good.
"We're all British too whereas a few clubs have overseas players at the back who are at the end of their careers."