Mickey Paea: Hull KR 'back to the drawing board'
FRUSTRATED prop Mickey Paea admits Hull KR's players are hurting themselves because of their failure to do the basics right.
And with that in mind, he expects coach Craig Sandercock to take them 'back to the drawing board' ahead of Sunday's home clash with Castleford.
Rovers were their own worst enemies in a woeful first half at Bradford on Sunday.
Repeated handling errors and indiscipline helped the Bulls run into a 26-6 lead after 40 minutes.
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An improvement after the break saw KR put up greater resistance, but seeing their two-game winning run end with a 34-12 loss, Paea admits there are plenty of lessons to be learned.
"You have to be consistent in this competition and you can't turn up for two weeks and then not the third game, especially against a quality side," Paea told the Mail.
"Cheap turnover of possession hurt us badly and put us on our own line. Defensively, we had a lot to do and it took its toll in the end.
"We knew Bradford would be a good test for us but we didn't put our best foot forward and we will have to go back to the drawing board and fix some wrongs."
Identifying areas to fix will be no problem for Sandercock, as a 60 per cent completion rate in the first 40 minutes penned KR in their own half.
Paea admits it was a case of Rovers falling foul of the same old bad habits which had hampered them previously, but says he is at a loss to explain why.
"Theres not anything I can put my finger on, it just comes down to preparation I guess, as a team and as individuals," he said.
"The previous two games we had started well.
"We are just going to have to go back to the drawing board and sort out a few things.
"It is not all doom and gloom but is not ideal either. We have an opportunity next week to put things right."
A home clash against a struggling Tigers outfit appears a perfect opportunity to bounce back, as they have just one win to their name this season and were soundly beaten at home by London on Sunday.
But Paea insists Rovers can't afford to look at the contest as anything other than another stiff challenge.
"You have to play an 80-minute game against any team in this competition, it doesn't matter whether it's Castleford or Leeds," he said.
"Castleford beat Leeds a few weeks ago, so they have shown they can do it on their day.
"We know we can compete with anyone also, and we have shown that in the past, but consistency is the big thing.
"There are no easy games, it's just a matter of being consistent week in and week out if you want to compete with the top teams and be there at the end of the year."