'It's upsetting to see us fall short', says Hull KR's Rhys Lovegrove
HULL KR's Rhys Lovegrove admits it has been upsetting to see Rovers repeatedly fall short this season, especially knowing they have the quality to have done much better.
The Robins have been left with only pride to play for in their final game of the regular season this Saturday at London.
For the first time in four seasons, a play-off place has proved beyond them, with eight losses in their last nine games proving costly.
Last Sunday's 42-36 loss to Wigan at MS3 Craven Park was the final nail in KR's coffin and, having led 26-0 at one stage in the first half, Lovegrove says it summed up a frustrating season.
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"It's upsetting to know we have the quality to do it but for some reason it's not been working," Lovegrove told the Mail.
"With all the goals and expectations we had at the start of the year, the upsetting part is not performing to those expectations.
"We put 36 points on Wigan and lost.
"We beat Warrington one week and then lost to Bradford a week or two later.
"Those points and the point we dropped at home to St Helens when we scored 36 points look massive now."
Whilst frustrated at missing out on the play-offs, it has proved a difficult season for Lovegrove in terms of cementing his own place in the Robins side.
Injuries to other players have led to coach Craig Sandercock using him in a number of roles, something Lovegrove says has impacted on his momentum.
"On a selfish note it has been a bit tough with the injuries we have had," he said.
"Being able to play in a couple of different positions means I am the one who gets shuffled out onto the edges. It's not been great for me that I don't get to play in the one position.
"On the other side I do have a big role to play in the team and I'm happy with that.
"I had a good period in the middle of the season where I played six or seven games in a row at loose forward.
"I was playing well but obviously I picked up an injury against Catalan which I wasn't happy about.
"Then I was back at loose forward against Wigan and I got a good stint in before I picked up another little head knock.
"Hopefully we'll have some stability regarding injuries in the future."
Heading into the final game of the season at London, Lovegrove and the Robins at least have the pressure off them, as they look to sign off in some style.
But he warns that with their hosts playing to avoid the wooden spoon, a difficult afternoon lies in wait.
"There might not be much for us to play for in terms of league position, but there is for London," Lovegrove said.
"It's a massive game for them.
"They are at home and will want to finish on a winning note as well, so we are going to have to be at the top of our game."