Hull KR are under pressure ‘big-time’ to turn around their Qualifiers fortunes.
That’s the view of coach Tim Sheens, who says there is no hiding place for the Robins in their fight for Super League survival.
A 28-10 home loss to Salford Red Devils was damaging in KR’s middle 8s campaign and they must travel to Championship runaways Toronto Wolfpack this weekend.
Whilst reiterating that it’s not panic stations just yet, Sheens admits KR have it all to do in Canada on Saturday evening.
“We’re on our toes now, having lost that game to Salford,” Sheens told the Mail.
Hull KR vs Salford reaction
“It goes without saying how important it is. You lose your first game of seven, then if you’re not careful you have to go to Leeds all of a sudden and you’re in trouble. It’s a game where we have to keep our heads.
“There’s no panic, we’re disappointed that we’ve lost the first game, but it’s not the end of the world. The way we played at home was very disappointing.
“We didn’t nail the attack, our kicking game was poor, our last-play options were rushed and the pressure is back on us big time.”
Sheens says no player covered themselves in glory on a hugely frustrating evening. Heading over to watch the Wolfpack at Halifax yesterday, the Robins boss says preparations have been meticulous to ensure KR are giving themselves the best chance of bouncing back.
“We had a bit of a chat about it there to clear the air. Everyone put their hands up and nobody can claim that they had a great game,” he added. “We were poor across the park. As a club, we’ve put it to bed and we’re looking forward to what we’re facing next week, that’s all we can do. We have to come out and beat Toronto.
“When these things happen, you want to get back on the park. I’d expect a pretty enthusiastic team to turn up this morning. We had a look at Toronto play yesterday and we’re back in today.”