Hull KR host Salford Red Devils on Saturday evening knowing that a win would all but ensure their playoff place, with the Robins having put together a win streak including impressive victories over Leigh Leopards and Catalans Dragons prior to last week’s hard fought win on the road against Huddersfield.
The Robins return to Craven Park once again this weekend though but this time welcome a Salford side that edged out Warrington Wolves in dramatic golden point fashion this past weekend.
With the game tied up at 20-20 Joe Burgess broke on the left flank before playing in the supporting Sam Stone to seal the game and keep the Red Devils in with a chance at making the top six.
They’ll have to beat Rovers for a second time this season though to capitalise on the top six, and it’s a Robins side that will be close to full strength.
Head coach Willie Peters confirmed that Elliot Minchella was back from his HIA whilst both James Batchelor and Jesse Sue would be in the 21 man squad, whilst playmaker Jordan Abdull returned with a try last week.
Abdull is set to go again for Saturday and Peters explained how they might try fit in the talented ball player.
“Yeah, I thought he pulled up okay. But there’s no doubt Jordan is not the finished product in terms of where he wants to get to,” Peters explained to the media.
“He was extremely fit at the start of the year, but because of the limitations with some running and different things with his return to play, he’s not in peak condition at the moment for Jordan Abdul, but there’s no doubt what he did on the weekend, he proved his value on the field.
“When he came on, he scored a try, he put a nice early kick in the corner there to change a little bit of momentum of the game. We actually gave a penalty off the back of that, but the actual smarts of it was the right thing to do.”
He expressed how he was impressed with where his game fitness was at but did suggest a possible positional change with the brilliant Brad Schneider having claimed a role in the halves during Abdull’s absence.
“I thought in the middle there, he didn’t look out of place in terms of line speed and reload and there are often signs to say, okay, well, where’s he at in terms of his game fitness? For me, his game fitness wasn’t too bad. So, we just need to work out now the best positions for each player.
“I’ve always said it, and Jordan and I, we spoke previously about it. I asked him, has he played 13? And we looked to play 13. This was earlier conversations in the year. And he said, yes, he has.
“I think for me, Jordan can play seven or 13, just as well, because he’s getting his hands on the ball in both positions and we’re going to make sure that he’s still kicking if he does play that 13 role as well.”
With confirmation that Minchella, who normally plays in the thirteen role, is returning this week it makes it unclear where Abdull will fit but his kicking game is a huge asset for such an important game.