Sandercock: Hull KR's returning stars key to Widnes win
HULL KR coach Craig Sandercock praised the contribution of his three returning stars for their role in the 44-18 demolition of Widnes at Craven Park.
Full-back Greg Eden, centre Kris Welham and loose forward Rhys Lovegrove all passed fitness tests to play.
For Eden and Welham, it was their first action of the season and both marked their returns with a try, much to the delight of Sandercock.
"The key was having some quality players back in the side," Sandercock said.
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"Having Greg, Kris and Rhys back in the team certainly helped. They are class players and they all made an impact for this win.
"We miss them when they are not in the team, it's as simple as that."
Eden and Welham's first-half tries helped Rovers into a 34-0 half-time lead and Sandercock was pleased with the way his side came out of the blocks in the first period.
"I was very happy with the first 40 minutes," he explained. "We controlled the game and scored some very nice tries.
"It all goes back to possession. When you defend set after set, like we did in the first two games, it's awfully hard to defend.
"When you have an even share of the ball, and at half-time we had more of the ball, that gave us more energy.
"The start was about getting in the contest and not give away cheap possession.
"We did that and it was pleasing to get into a healthy lead. I'll take that every week.
"The second half was a bit disappointing, though, as we seemed to give away penalties and we didn't respect possession enough.
"But I want to concentrate on the positives and the first half laid the platform to the win.
"If you look at the first two games, we had chances to win both. We now need to back this up next week against Salford."