September 19th, 2017

Qualifiers Opposition: Hull KR Preview

 

This Saturday is our last game of the season as we host Hull KR at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, KO 3pm. Here we take a look at the opposition with a snapshot of 2017, their coaching team and the Championship Player of the Year.

2017 Season

Hull KR finished three points clear at the top of the Championship table after the regular rounds with 19 wins to their name.

They won their opening 10 games with their first defeat coming in Round 11 away to Toulouse.

The Qualifiers have seen Rovers continue in a similar vein going unbeaten in the opening five, to secure their promotion back into Super League after just one season in the Championship.

Coaching Team

Head coach is Tim Sheens who took up the role ahead of the 2017 season. He brought with him a wealth of playing and coaching experience. As former Australian national coach he led them to victory in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Within the NRL he coached Penrith to their first ever Finals series when in charge, led Canberra to three Premiership successes and claimed his fourth Premiership title with the Wests Tigers.

Alongside him are the likes of former players David Hodgson and James Webster.

Key Battle: Hookers

Daryl Clark v Shaun Lunt

Lunt, 30, has played Super League at Huddersfield and Leeds as well Hull KR who he joined in 2015.

He played in the Challenge Cup final defeats of 2009 and 2012 against the Wire, crossing for a try in the first; but was part of the Grand Final winning team on 2012 for Leeds. He was part of the Giants squad in 2013 when they lifted the League Leaders shield. He’s represented England and his attacking prowess from dummy half marks him out as one of the best hookers around the game. Named 2017 Championship Player of the Year.

Clark, 24, made his Wire debut in 2015 signing from the Castleford Tigers on the back of a Man of Steel-winning campaign. He’s represented England on the international scene and has been part of the Wire squad in our League Leaders win of last season, as well as the Challenge Cup and Grand Final appearances of 2016. He is renowned for his speed and illusive running out of acting-half with 121 runs from dummy half this Super League season. He’s been our top-tackler with 642 in 2017 and an average gain of 9.91.

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