You have to take your hat off to Hull KR for the way they’re having a go this season

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You have to take your hat off to Hull KR for the way they’re having a go this season

I take my hat off to Hull KR . They’ve not had it easy on their return to Super League but never have we seen the Robins give in – and by doing so have given themselves a fighting chance of creeping into the top-eight.

Do I think Rovers will achieve their dream? No. Would I be surprised if they actually did reach the Super 8s? Again, no!

They’ve not been a million miles off in 2018 and with a couple of wins that should have come their way but for some narrow losses, they could well have been in the eight already coming into the final four rounds.

Given the fact they were at an unfair advantage heading into the start of the campaign, when discovering their top-flight fate later than most, Tim Sheens has done a great job in keeping KR within reach of the 8s.

Last Friday’s win over Huddersfield Giants was massive and it keeps them well in the mix with the other competitors.

Let’s be real. The golden prize is eighth position but a very, very good second is ninth or tenth in the Super League table come round 23. I cannot reiterate how important it may be if KR are involved in the Qualifiers how crucial those four home matches may become.

The Middle 8s will be brutal but given the way Rovers have performed in recent weeks, they’re on something of an upwards trajectory that they must continue on.

A draw at Castleford Tigers was backed up with the thrilling success over the Giants and a convincing one at that.

It’s not rocket science, rugby league. Your better players feature, the more likely you are to win.

Danny McGuire and Shaun Lunt proved why they earn the big bucks against Huddersfield.

Rovers have a massive squad but the quality of those two players in particular cannot be replicated. They were influential in the win over the Giants and no doubt across the final four ties of the regular campaign, they’ll be the ones to guide KR home and hopefully dry, along with the other key members of the spine including half-back Chris Atkin and full-back Adam Quinlan.

Next up is the visit of Salford, which is a real four-pointer. Not only are Rovers looking to make a charge for the top-eight, but also they can leapfrog the Red Devils with victory on Sunday afternoon at KCOM Craven Park.

It’s certainly one that KR are favourites for, given their form over the last fortnight and how much of a fortress their home ground is beginning to become.

The well-documented lack of depth at Salford may prove costly in a repeat of the 2016 Million Pound Game.

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