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Former Sky Sports presenter names club whose fans are ‘never off the back of the referee and touch judges’

Hull KR Eddie Hemmings

After the Challenge Cup Final last week, there’s a return to Super League action this week and with that the race for the playoffs with Hull KR hosting Huddersfield Giants tonight at Craven Park.

The Robins are in a strong position currently, sitting third in Super League as they lead the chasing pack behind table toppers St Helens and second-placed Wigan Warriors, both on 20 points. As for Huddersfield Giants, it’s been a torrid run of late with five straight losses before their victory over Hull FC in Round 13.

Hull KR also came through a tough run of Catalans, Wigan, St Helens and Warrington, winning two of those four, before hammering London and edging Leigh out at home to head into the Super League break sat in third.

That win over Leigh Leopards was a gritty one with defence proving key as Willie Peters’ side won 12-0 in front of the Craven Park faithful who helped carry them home, and now former pundit Eddie Hemmings has labelled that crowd as one of the club’s biggest assets.

Hemmings had also revealed that Hull KR star Mikey Lewis is on the radar of Wests Tigers with the club CEO Shane Richardson labelling him as Super League’s best number seven.

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Hull KR making Craven Park a fortress thanks to their “crazy supporters”

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Eddie Hemmings was previewing Round 14 of Super League for The Sportsman on their Youtube show ‘The Last Tackle’ and when it came to the predictions, Hemmings couldn’t look past the Robins at home.

He explained: “Hull Kingston Rovers are difficult to beat at Craven Park. It’s a huge crowd with crazy supporters and they’re never off the back of the referee, the touch judges and the opposition.

“It’s going to be tough, it really is going to be tough for Huddersfield to go there. Huddersfield have been a bit in and out as well, but if they are going to make a bid for the top six, then they’ve got to go there and they’ve got to stand up and they’ve got to win.”

For Huddersfield, a win is near-crucial with Ian Watson’s side slipping four points adrift of the top six but the proposition of Hull KR at Craven Park is an unenviable one given the club’s record at home.

Hull KR have lost just once at home this season with that defeat being a narrow 22-20 loss to Warrington Wolves back in Round Four. Last season KR lost just four times at home, with three of those defeats coming against playoff sides including a golden point loss to champions Wigan.

Early Team news for Robins and Giants clash

Jake Connor Huddersfield Giants

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Watson’s Giants will have an incredibly tough task to upset the odds and come away from East Hull with the two points and they’ll be doing so without Jake Connor after Watson confirmed the full-back wouldn’t play amidst transfer talks linking him with a loan move away.

First reported by Aaron Bower for Love Rugby League, it was revealed that Huddersfield were open to loaning out Connor and that’s since been confirmed by Ian Watson when he spoke to the press ahead of the club’s clash with Hull KR.

Speaking to BBC West Yorkshire Sport, Watson said: “I don’t want to speculate on Jake at the moment. Jake’s not been in our starting team. He’s a high-quality player, he’s going to want to play games, so, he’s here at the moment, he’s in the squad, he’s been training with us today. He’s been good today, he’s been good throughout the week to be fair so, we will deal with that.

“Like I said, he’s part of our squad, he’s contracted here, so there’s nothing different on that from us. He’s a player, sometimes players have successful periods, sometimes players have a little bit of a down period, they’re in the team, they’re out the team, it’s kind of rugby life. Rugby is a massive roller coaster, nobody’s exempt from that.

“Overall, he’s been good, I can’t say he’s not been anything else, he’s been fine, he’s been good. Is he happy that he’s not playing? No, he’s not. He wants to play but, it’s the job, it’s the game.”

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