'Momentum' can carry Hull KR past Bradford Bulls
HULL KR second rower Cory Paterson has warned his side the momentum gained from successive victories can be lost just as quickly if they drop their standard at Bradford on Sunday.
The Robins are on the up after back-to-back wins over Warrington and London banished the blues from a poor start to the season and lifted them into the top eight.
Paterson has played a key role in the Robins' reversal of fortunes, leading the way with try-scoring displays against both the Wolves and the Broncos.
Now, a trip to third-placed Bradford at Odsal awaits on Sunday, and the former Newcastle Knights forward has urged his side to maintain their improved standard to ensure momentum is not lost.
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"Wins are massive," Paterson told the Mail.
"The confidence they bring is big in a contact sport like rugby league, as momentum is hard to gain but easy to lose.
"We need to make sure we keep gaining confidence from every game we play. Any win is crucial in Super League, especially at the start of the season."
Another win over the Bulls this Sunday will see Rovers cement their place in the top half of the table.
But having just a fortnight ago come away from Salford holding an inquest into a dramatic late collapse, Paterson is reluctant to start aiming too high, too soon.
"Being in the top-eight is nice, but we can't get too far ahead of ourselves as we have only played six matches," he said.
"We are three wins from six which is a fair reflection of how we are travelling at the moment. Things could have been better, but they could be worse too."
Rovers showed their attacking prowess once again in a free-flowing display with the ball in hand as they secured a 42-22 win at London on Saturday.
But conceding four tries against the side propping up Super League didn't sit well with the Aussie, and he is looking for further improvements in Rovers' defence this weekend.
"We need to stop giving away easy points," he said.
"A lot of the points London scored were scrappy and we're not happy with that.
"We need to take the good with the bad. We are happy with the 42 points we scored, but not with the 22 we conceded.
"We know we can score points but we need to improve our defence.
"To improve it week after week is tough, but we showed we can do it against Warrington. Teams aren't ripping us apart and that's pleasing.
"It's things that we can control that we need to improve."
One area of Rovers' game that doesn't need to improve too much is their explosive attack on the left.
Paterson has already weighed in with three tries and he credits skipper Michael Dobson for creating the chances.
"My try at London was lucky and Dobbo deserves a lot of the credit for that with the work he does," Paterson said.
"I try and run a hole and leave him to do the rest. We have a good thing going on the left side and hopefully we can stay fit.
"We are all singing off the same page and this is a great attacking side, but we need to defend better."