Hull KR went down 46-4 to the Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium tonight.
But, Rovers were decimated with the loss of 16 players before the game had even started – something which rose to 20 by the end of the game.
Will Dagger went off with an ankle injury early on before Lachlan Coote joined him just before half-time on the sidelines.
That injury crisis was compounded by both Connor Moore and Charlie Cavanaugh leaving the field after the break with shoulder and knee injuries respectively.
And, Robins head coach Danny McGuire was left speechless by the ordeal faced by his side.
“I might have to dust the boots off. I honestly don’t know what to say, but I’m really proud of the lads,” McGuire said.
“There has been a lot of adversity over the last few weeks and it’s almost unbelievable the amount of people we’ve got on the sidelines.
“I’m unbelievably proud of them, but Wigan are a good team.
“We did things that we won’t be happy about and I don’t really know what to say. I’ve never come across it before – teams get crises but this is on another level and we need to roll our sleeves up for next week.
“The only saving grace is we have a few to come back next week, not certain about who yet. Some are playing through niggles in there too and are sore, but it’s crazy. I don’t know if it’s something we are doing or if it’s luck but its challenging.”
There was one contentious moment in the first-half as Lachlan Coote went off with a head knock after being elbowed by Wigan halfback Harry Smith.
McGuire, however, believes it was accidental.
“I need to see it again, I think he caught him with the elbow, but I like him as a player and I don’t think he’s that type of player so I see it as an accident but i will need to see it again.
“Sometimes these things happen.”