Ryan O'Hara: Hull KR can make run for Super League play-offs
HULL KR prop Ryan O'Hara believes Rovers will make a run for the play-offs in the coming months now that Craig Sandercock has a full complement of players to choose from.
O'Hara made his long-awaited debut in Friday's 36-22 defeat to Wigan at the DW Stadium, which kept them outside the play-off places.
Rovers have struggled to break into the top eight all season and were last in the play-off places after their 36-36 draw with St Helens back in February.
Despite this, the 31-year-old former New South Wales star feels confident the Robins can string a run of results together, as long as they learn from their defeat to Wigan.
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"The top eight is still achievable," O'Hara told the Mail.
"We have got all our squad back now and we have to build on that.
"Now we have to work out a way to string a few wins together. We have to learn to match the big teams in the competition.
"Hopefully we will have learned a lesson from the Wigan game.
"If we did then we have to take that into the games for the rest of the season."
As far as O'Hara is concerned, he hopes the remainder of the season is injury free.
Friday night's heavy defeat at the DW Stadium was the prop's debut for Rovers after signing from Crusaders in August.
Shoulder surgery had sidelined him for the first 13 games of the season, but he's just relieved to be back in first-team action after two run-outs for the reserves.
"It was great to be back out there," O'Hara told the Mail.
"I just need a few games under my belt now to get my match fitness up to where it should be.
"Then, hopefully, I'll be back to my best footie.
"I was quite nervous because I haven't had a game since August.
"It was nerve-racking but I felt I came through it okay.
"My lungs were blowing a bit but that was to be expected. It was a bit of an adrenalin buzz I suppose and I'll be sore."
With the Challenge Cup quarter- final on the calendar this weekend, Rovers are forced to sit it out and watch the games from home and think about the visit of Castleford on May 20 to MS3 Craven Park.
O'Hara wishes he could continue his comeback this weekend, but already he has his sights set on the Tigers.
"I'd rather keep playing to get my match fitness up," he said.
"But I know some of the boys need a week off and it might come at a good time.
"We owe Castleford for the way we played down at their place a few weeks ago.
"It's a big game and we have to find our way into the top eight."