Relaxed Hull KR can sign off in style, says Rhys Lovegrove
RHYS Lovegrove hopes a relaxing week at training will help Rovers end a disappointing season on a winning note in London.
Rovers’ play-off hopes were killed off when they blew a 26-0 lead to lose 42-36 at home to Wigan last Sunday.
With nothing to play for but pride, the pressure has been removed ahead of today’s game.
A friendly game of football this week at training helped bring some smiles back, especially when Lincoln Withers missed a sitter from less than a yard out.
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Lovegrove welcomed the drop in intensity, but insists he and the rest of the team will be ready when the game kicks off.
“This week has been a bit more relaxed but the competitive edge will be there as usual come kick-off,” he said.
“I’m hoping it’s going to be a nice enjoyable experience for those leaving. It would be nice for those players to remember their last game with a win.
“Part of me is nostalgic about playing my last game alongside Ben Galea as he has been a big influence in my development.
“And it won’t be the same without Scott Murrell either, as I have spent the last six years with him.
“It’s important to have a real good crack and finish on a high.”
Lovegrove was full of praise for the way coach Craig Sandercock has coped with an injury crisis in the camp this season.
And as one of Rovers’ longest serving players, he is already hoping for better fortune next season.
“It would be exciting to play with the first choice team as we have had to make do with so many players missing this year,” he said.
“It’s frustrating when you see other teams resting their top players for games.
“Most teams have a run of injuries like this though and I remember Hull did a few years back.
“You have to deal with it the best you can, and we have been lucky that a lot of the younger kids have come in and done a great job for us.
“If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have been close to being in the mix.
“It has to have been frustrating for Craig as coach, but he’ll be pleased to see the foundations put in place are starting to work.
“He would have liked to bring the kids in gradually, but you can see the effect he has had on them.”
London may be in a battle to avoid finishing bottom, but Lovegrove knows they will provide a stern test for the Robins this afternoon.
“They have some class players in Chad Randall and Craig Gower,” he said. “They like taking on the short side and we will have to be wary of that threat.”