“All due respect, you deserve to lose” – Paul Cooke’s ruthless assessment of Super League side

Last week in Super League Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR served up a golden point thriller, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves met in a fast paced affair and St Helens were beaten by Catalans Dragons in a top of the table clash but there was no getting away from the drama at Headingley.

Leeds had plenty of possession and therefore had chance after chance at nailing a winning drop goal in normal time but never had a shot at the one pointer.

Then on the very first tackle of golden point Justin Sangare knocked on gifting Hull KR the chance to win the game. Leeds survived but then on the first tackle of the next set knocked on again.

This time Brad Schneider nailed the drop goal.

Some Leeds fans suggested that the weight of possession in the second 40 meant Leeds should have won but former Hull FC and Hull KR man Paul Cooke couldn’t disagree with that assessment more.

He said on BBC Radio Humberside: “Obviously, when you talk about their indifferent form that they have been in then it could have ended so very differently.

“At 18-18 it could have been 19-18 to Leeds. I think Leeds drop the ball on the first player, the Schneider goes for a drop goal in Golden Point, misses it and then they drop the ball on the first player again.

“So with all due respect to Leeds, you deserve to lose a football game if you’re going to drop the football in Golden Point on the only two plays that you have in that game, so deserved winners I’m sure I’ve not seen the game on the whole.

“A win is a win for Hull KR and often within a season that one point win or jacking a win when nobody expects you to get it, it can really build confidence back up.

“This week’s very different isn’t it because there’s no second chance. You only get one chance and one bullet here at the weekend and you’ve got to go out there and try and kill it.”

Hull KR are back at Headingley this week against Wigan in the Challenge Cup semi-final.