Adam Walker: Hull KR's defence holds key to win over Widnes
HULL KR prop Adam Walker admits Rovers have been doing extra training in an attempt to improve their defence.
After just two games, the Robins have conceded 68 points and missed 56 tackles in defeats to Catalan and Wakefield.
The prop, who joined the Robins from Huddersfield in the off-season, admits the stats are not good enough if they are to achieve their goals later in the season.
The 21-year-old says there is nothing wrong with the structures put in place by coach Craig Sandercock and it's down to the players to solve the problem.
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"The missed tackles are more mental and about how we are going into games," Walker told the Mail.
"The forwards have spoken about it and we have done extra sessions in training this week.
"We need to sort that out but we still shouldn't be missing as many tackles as we have been.
"We have done a lot of tackling in training this week so we will be ready. We all know what we are doing when it comes to defence.
"We're just doing it wrong and we need to get it right.
"We are confident we will get our first win of the season on Sunday."
When assessing the first two games, Walker is apologetic to the half-backs for not being able to help the pack dominate their opposition up front.
As a result, Michael Dobson and his stand-in stand-off partners Lincoln Withers and Keal Carlile, haven't been able to dictate matches as much as they would have liked.
But against Widnes, Walker is hoping to turn things around Rovers way.
"I expect us forwards to get on the front foot more and give Michael and others the opportunity to kick more," Walker said.
"If we continue to play on the back foot, it's going to be hard for them to assert themselves.
"When we do kick, we need a good kick-chase which should get us on the front foot. We are not too far away from putting in a solid performance.
"We have lost a couple of close games but we are confident we can click against Widnes."
Despite the disappointing start to the season, Walker and the rest of the squad are upbeat about the visit of Widnes to MS3 Craven Park.
Walker believes positivity will see them through this testing time and get them their first win of the season.
"The players have been hurting after the defeats, but we are all trying to keep each other positive," he said.
"It can get you down a bit when you see the scoreboard and we are down by three or four tries.
"We know we can do it and we will if we get a few little things right. We know it will come in the end."