Despite a valiant effort, Hull KR came up short against Leeds tonight in a huge game.
The Robins started well with three tries from Matt Parcell, Ryan Hall and Kane Linnett as Hull KR tore through Leeds but 22 unanswered points from Leeds turned the game on its head and saw the Robins lose ground on the Rhinos in the play-off race.
A Leeds legend was of course not routing for the Rhinos to build a bigger lead on Hull KR in the race for sixth in the shape of Hull KR interim boss Danny McGuire who after the game dissected the loss with Jenna Brooks of Sky Sports.
“Probably a lack of discipline cost us,” McGuire said, “We gave too many penalties away and missed one on one tackles.
“It’s not a complicated game we play. If you miss tackles in key areas – they took advantage of that.
“I’m disappointed but we were in their scrapping right till the end as well which fills me with pride that we’re having a dig right till the end.
“I can’t knock anyone’s effort, they’ve worked really hard for each other we were just on the wrong end of the result tonight.”
What didn’t help the Robins was losing Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Greg Richards to injuries and it wasn’t good news from McGuire on the duo as he revealed it may be difficult for the Robins to name a team in the next three games: “He’s torn his MCL so that’s not good. We’re used to it at the moment, it seems to be happening to us every week. Greg Richards has torn his hamstring.
“This is not looking for sympathy but I’ve no idea how we’re going to put a team out next week or the two games over the weekend the week after. Someone needs to help us out there.
“I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m not looking for any excuses, I think we made some poor choices tonight but obviously injuries to key players and having three quarters of the salary cap sat in the stand doesn’t help you.
“We’ll just keep getting on with it.”