Mickey Paea: Hull KR must 'keep it simple' against Catalan Dragons
HULL KR prop Mickey Paea has told his players to keep things simple when they start their season against Catalan at MS3 Craven Park tomorrow.
As the saying goes, patience is a virtue and that is something Paea believes in very much.
Rovers were guilty of over complicating things at times last season and paid the price by finishing 10th.
Paea says playing on a heavy pitch isn't the time to try fancy things and he wants to stick to the basics before expanding their game.
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"I think the game-plan will be a simple one to start the season with," he told the Mail.
"The pitches aren't the best at this time of year.
"And the wind at our ground can make things difficult.
"Tomorrow's game will be about getting a good completion percentage and building on that.
"There isn't anything major to fix in our game we just need to get the little things right and be patient.
"Patience certainly is a virtue."
Games against Catalan are the first ones Paea looks out for when the fixtures computer completes its annual task.
It means a battle against his older brother Lopini, but sadly for Paea junior, his brother will miss the duel because of knee surgery.
However, Paea insists the absence of his brother will not make his job any easier in one of the biggest physical battles of the season.
And he knows if KR's pack can win their battle, it will benefit the rest of the team.
"It's a good thing for us that Lopini's not playing," Paea said.
"We still have a job to do and it's our focus to get this win. Physical battles don't come much bigger than when you play against the Dragons.
"Their pack is the reason why they finished fourth last season.
"I really enjoy those battles, they are the games you want to play in, and Catalan are renowned for being a big pack with big boppers.
"They will provide a strong challenge.
"They like to get their sets rolling through them and if we can match them up the middle and set a good platform for Michael Dobson, the outside backs will have a good day."