Every game has something riding on it right now and the pressures are immense.
For Tim Sheens and his Hull KR players wins are vital for a few reasons.
Firstly, the hope of a top-eight finish hinge on winning every week until the leagues split.
Secondly, failing to avoid the bottom four, finishing ninth or 10th affords an extra home match, as opposed to finishing 11th or bottom.
The win over Huddersfield on Friday night was once again a sensational result.
It was against an opposition that I’m sure, given the results against them in 2018, they wouldn’t mind joining them in the Qualifying 8’s should that be where the Red and Whites eventually end up.
I believed from the start of the campaign Rovers would end up in the Qualifying 8’s and I still believe this will be the case, but I’m as confident the club will not fail as in 2016 and will avoid any relegation.
I believe this will be the case because the club hierarchy and coaching team have been realistic in their handling of the 2018 season to date.
There’s been absolutely no a hint of panic when inevitable poor results have come around.
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Players injured in for surgery should they have needed it, players injured with planned rehab and structures to have them ready for the big games at the end of the season.
I’m sure everyone Red and White would have liked to have won more matches and been sat pretty, whilst planning for the Super 8’s and 2019 but that was always a tough ask.
What Sheens now has is his best players on the field. They’re almost at full strength heading into the business end of the season.
With just four regular games of the campaign to go they have an outside chance to make the top eight and, more importantly, with the key players back in the key positions have the opportunity to build some momentum heading into the league splitting.
The return of Danny McGuire, Shaul Lunt and Robbie Mulhern last Friday gave the players a massive boost.
It allowed Sheens to bring on his biggest bench along with skipper Lunt to play against a tiring Giants defence.
Add to this Junior Vaivai who has found his feet in East Hull. With his try assist for Ryan Shaw’s second-half try, Giants’ centre Leroy Cudjoe is still looking for the dangerous centre’s feet too!
Majestic centre play from Vaivai.
The key players all contributed massively to the Hull KR win last Friday night.
East Hull is optimistic on the top-eight and much more confident heading into the
Qualifying 8’s should that be the case after 23 rounds.
Sheens knows his best players need to be on the field at the right time of the season, rounds 24 onwards, to avoid relegation or begin planning for 2019 in the Super 8’s.
This Sunday, having disposed of the Giants, sees the fragile Salford visit East Hull.
Salford are decimated by injuries, are in free-fall and a win for the home team will see them swap positions on the league ladder.
Sheens and the players will want to desperately win. Psychologically it will be a massive boost, jumping into 10th position affords the extra home game in the Qualifiers whilst maintaining hopes of avoiding them altogether.
It’s another must-win game for Hull KR, at home against the team directly above them on the table.
With lots at stake I expect a win for the hosts and the continued building of the momentum towards the end of the 2018 regular season.