Hull KR have had an excellent season so far, placing fourth in Super League, winning a home play-off match, making the Challenge Cup Final and now they’re one game away from Old Trafford with Wigan Warriors their opponents on Saturday.
It’s been an incredible first season under Willie Peters with the Australian deemed by many as unlucky not to have been given the nod for ‘Coach of the Year’.
Peters did however win Super League ‘Coach of the Month’ for September with Rovers winning their final five gams of the season before securing a play-off win to take them to a second semi-final in three years.
There has however been plenty of speculation off the pitch about the club with talk that Rhys Kennedy, who only joined the club in pre-season, could be headed out the door to make quota space for Wakefield Trinity’s Jai Whitbread.
There have also been reports from the Hull Daily Mail that Rovers Assistant Coach Danny McGuire is in contention for the vacant Castleford Tigers’ job, and when asked today Willie Peters was firm and blunt in response to any line of questioning.
“No, not today mate,” Peters told the media.
“I’m not going to talk about anything that’s been said. I’m obviously aware things have been in the media, but we’ve got a game in three days’ time, so I just want to talk about that.”
Offered the opportunity to put the matter to bed Peters responded: “No, no. I’d just prefer to talk about the game. There’s obviously things that have been in the media this week, and we’re aware of it and all we want to do is concentrate on Saturday.”
Rovers have already faced Wigan in a semi-final this season, defeating them 11-10 in golden point drama at Headingley for the Challenge Cup semi, and Peters maintained that his side are as united as ever regardless of media murmurings.
“I mean, it’s Rugby League, you’re always going to have things in the media all the time, there’s distractions week in week out that the media don’t find out about or the fans don’t find out about; so this is no different in terms of there’s some media out there, but it’s got nothing to do with us at the moment in terms of what we want to do on Saturday.
“As I say, we’re three days out from our biggest game of the year and our focus is just purely around that and we’ll continue to do what we’ve done all year and that’s work hard for each other and the players will do that, there’s no doubt about that.”
He also confirmed assistant coach Danny McGuire is more than prepared to help lead the team on Saturday.
“Yeah, absolutely he is, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be. He’s a professional, he’s a competitive person, player, coach and like all of us, all he cares about this weekend is winning, of course.”