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“What was the score?” – Willie Peters laughs off questions after Hull KR hammering

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Hull KR were handily beaten by Wigan Warriors in the first of the men’s Challenge Cup semi-finals in 2024 with Matt Peet’s side running out as 38-6 victors.

So heavy was that margin of defeat that Hull KR boss Willie Peters had to jokingly ask for clarification on what the score was with his team shipping seven tries.

In his immediate assessment of the game when speaking to BBC Humberside, Peters explained that Wigan were World Club Champions for a reason and had shown why “they’re the benchmark of the competition”.

Peters then noted: “We knew where we needed to get to, but we certainly know after today that there’s still a bit of a way to get to where we need to get to.”

Asked for clarification on what exactly he meant, the Australian was deadpan in his response asking “What was the score”, answering his own question: “38-6. So that shows we’re a long way off at the moment.”

Yesterday, it was Peters asked for clarification with the Hull KR boss querying the laws surrounding an escort after he was seen to be heated in the first-half when officiating decisions didn’t go his side’s way.

Injuries set to compound Hull KR defeat

Hull KR have become a team that can reach semi-finals in the past few seasons but they’ve only managed to win one of those, last year’s repeat of this same game when they edged the Warriors 11-10 at Headingley.

Wigan did avenge that loss in the Super League playoffs though where they beat the Rohins 42-12 and Willie Peters referenced that as he continued to assess yesterday’s defeat of a similar nature.

He noted: “In terms of the scoreboard of last year’s (Super League) semi-final, which was a big game, and this year’s Challenge Cup semi-final, which is a big game, we haven’t been in either contest.”

On why Hull KR hadn’t been in either context, he added: “You need to defend errors or penalties and we didn’t. That’s something that we just spoke about and we also spoke about it at half time as well. The last couple of weeks we’ve probably let too many tries in off the back of compound errors.”

Whilst the defeat was devastating enough, there was more bad news for Hull KR fans with Peters providing a negative injury update on three of the 17-man squad.

Forwards Dean Hadley and Kelepi Tanginoa had left the field whilst Joe Burgess’ acrobatic effort in the corner late on was to no avail and saw him also leave the field.

Peters has since revealed: “Dean has hurt his groin, Kelepi has a sternum issue and I’m not sure whether Joe Burgess passed his HIA, so they were obviously compounded there too.”

Hull KR face the long trip to London Broncos next, Mike Eccles side having just beaten KR’s neighbours Hull FC, and Willie Peters will be determined to get his side back to winning ways.

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