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Hull KR and England dealt injury blow as Willie Peters reveals prognosis

Hull KR extended their impressive run of home form on Friday night when they ran out as 32-6 winners over Huddersfield Giants on a record-breaking night for Ryan Hall, however, the Robins didn’t come through without injury, including for one star who could see his England hopes dashed.

The Robins headed into the Challenge Cup break with a gritty 12-0 win over Leigh Leopards at Craven Park and it seemed that Friday’s game might be heading to a similar outcome with a low-scoring first 30 minutes. The only try came for the visitors with Esan Marsters intercepting a looping Tyrone May pass before running 80 metres to score.

May turned it on though and set up Peta Hiku and grabbed one himself in the ten minutes before halftime as Hull KR capitalised on their man advantage, something that they’d do again in the final ten minutes of the match when Ryan Hall scored his record-breaking brace after Andre Savelio had been sent off.

Sandwiched between May’s score and Hall’s first were scores for Matt Parcell and Peta Hiku meaning the score stretched out to 32-6, something that Ian Watson claimed wasn’t reflective of the game as his side slumped to a sixth loss in seven.

For Hull KR, it was a night all about Ryan Hall as he broke the Super League try-scoring record but there were some negatives to take from the game with one prospective England international leaving the field injured.

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Hull KR lose star forward to injury

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That man who left the field injured was second-rower James Batchelor, a player who would have surely been in contention to make Shaun Wane’s England squad at the end of the month. Batchelor has had a very impressive season and formed part of a sharp right-edge for Hull KR going forward, whilst having to put a shift in defensively to cover players such as Peta Hiku and Joe Burgess.

Hull KR have been much-maligned for their right edge defence but it would be far worse off without Batchelor there, however, that seems like it will be the case for the club’s game next week against Castleford Tigers.

Willie Peters spoke to BBC Humberside post-match explaining what the situation was for Batchelor, stating: “At the moment we’re hoping it’s just tightness and a minor strain but I don’t think he’ll be okay for next week.”

There were also injury concerns for hooker Jez Litten, who could face a battle with Danny Walker and Daryl Clark to play against France, but Peters allayed those fears by explaining that Litten’s substitution was tactical and then impacted by the injury to Batchelor.

He explained: “James Batchelor has a tight hamstring but I wanted to get a bit of leg speed on because I thought that game was tough, it was a grinding sort of game and I saw bringing on Kelepi, Sam Luckley and Matty Parcell.

“I thought that bringing those guys on would bring us leg speed and they did. I thought they changed the game and changed the momentum of the game.

“But then it was difficult to get Jez back on because we lost Batch at halftime with a hammy.

It now seems that James Batchelor will possibly be out of contention for England’s squad at the end of the month meaning that the 26-year-old will have to wait even longer for his England debut.

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  1. John

    June 16, 2024 at 1:34 pm

    So actually – NO injury concerns for Litten – just you ramping up your report.

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