Mickey Paea: Hull KR can seal hat-trick of wins at Bradford
HULL KR prop Mickey Paea is confident the Robins can secure a hat-trick of wins at Bradford this weekend – if he and his fellow forwards match the power of the Bulls.
Rovers will be looking to hold on to their top-eight spot in Super League when travelling to Odsal on Sunday, buoyed by back-to-back victories over Warrington and London.
Paea says he has seen confidence grow in the camp over the past two weeks, as well as a new-found steel amongst Craig Sandercock’s men, as highlighted when surviving a mini-fightback by the Broncos last weekend.
“The focus will be to go to Bradford and get the win,” Paea told the Mail.
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“The key will be to stop their big men coming at us through the middle.
“We need to get our defence right as we know we can score points. If we are committed in the tackle we can get a result against anyone.”
Rovers, for the most part, got their defence right against the Broncos.
However, Paea admits there were a few heart flutters as London temporarily looked to be mounting a comeback, scoring two tries on the back of KR errors to close the gap from 30-6 to 30-18.
And he praised captain Michael Dobson for settling his troops and seeing the game out.
“We were conscious of what had happened in the Salford game,” Paea told the Mail.
“You only have to look to Salford two weeks ago when we let that massive lead go.
“We were disappointed with our second half show as they scored some sloppy tries.
“Michael was the calming influence. He was very vocal behind the posts and he asked us for a positive response. We needed it and we got it. That got us over the line in the end.”
Paea also says he remembered how Rovers lost to London on the final day of last season, and was delighted to have put that right this time around.
And with back-to-back wins behind them for the first time this season, Paea, who made his 34th straight appearance for Rovers, feels his side are capable of winning many games they were losing last year.
“It’s never easy to go down to London and get the win,” he said.
“We’ll take a lot of confidence from gaining back-to-back wins.
“The key was working on the things we did well against Warrington and building on it.
“Our completion rate was good again, which is needed because these are the games we feel we should be winning to get where we want to be.
“It will go a long way to building up our confidence.”