Danny McGuire proud of his Hull KR side despite 38-12 defeat to St Helens

Hull KR have been doing it tough for weeks with injuries and bans compounding Danny McGuire’s already tough job in selecting a team.

Those injuries have somewhat derailed the Robins’ play-off push with Hull KR four points behind Castleford in sixth place and five behind Leeds in fifth place.

Mathematically still possible, though the Robins really needed a win last night against the Champions if they were going go to do so but they trailed 20-0 at the break as the Saints ran riot.

In the second half Hull KR showed plenty of merit however scoring some lovely tries with young Connor Barley getting over for a debut try.

The second 40 was a reminder what Hull KR can do and a reminder of the threat they’ll pose next year especially after some great business which saw them secure the services of James Batchelor today from Wakefield ahead of next year.

This was the thinking of interim boss Danny McGuire himself who praised his side’s efforts on Hull KR TV.

“We threw some shots back and scored some good tries,” McGuire said, “We challenged them a fair bit tonight. They’ll know they’ve been in a tussle. There’ll be some bruised bodies in their camp as there is in our camp.

“Don’t get me wrong, we were second best at times but I’m really pleased we could score some points in the second half and come out of the game with a lot of merit and to show people we are a good hard working team.”

You can watch the full press conference here.

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