Willie Peters slams Hull KR’s defeat to St Helens

After Challenge Cup heartbreak, Hull KR are now battling with Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Hull FC for a spot in the top six.

But they seem to be struggling especially after a disappointing defeat to Super League and World Champions St Helens, a game in which they seemed to struggle to match the Saints.

It was a fairly lukewarm performance and one in which they were unable to score until late in the game through Mikey Lewis and it was little consolation for the Robins as they were beaten.

Speaking after the game on BBC Radio Humberside, coach Willie Peters wasn’t impressed with his side’s display: “Salford had a big win tonight, so we are out of the six but we can’t expect to make the play-offs playing like this.”

When asked about the errors his side made, Peters said:

“You can’t do that against St Helens. We did it last week and hung in there. We can’t do it here. We started the second half well and then they went bang, bang, bang.

“Three tries in 10 minutes. That’s because we were fatigued from all the work in the first half. You don’t get up quickly and start thinking too much. Saints punished us.”

He also suggested his backs let the side down in the game:

“I think we hurt ourselves in large parts. We defended well and worked hard for each other in the first period, but it’s the errors, those errors. They killed us tonight and they did last week.

“I feel sorry for our middle. They tried their backsides off, but our outside backs and spine players made some unforced errors and it hurts you.”

This came as he spoke about missing some of his key players:

“We miss Jordan Abdull. I spoke during the week when we had him and Cootie. We won plenty of games.

They were both important, so we do have a young spine. Do we change it again or try to build cohesion?

When Jordan comes back, it’ll be a call we make then. We’ve had to chop and change, so I don’t know.”