With a superb victory over Leeds, we are determined to continue our great start to Super League 24 when Hull Kingston Rovers come bobbing along to the Halliwell Jones this Saturday 9 February, 3pm kick-off.
Hard work in defence that restricted the Rhinos to one try three minutes from the end of last Saturday’s match and adventurous off-loading that kept up the pressure on the attack won the day at a packed HJ and home fans will be hoping for more of the same this weekend.
But the Robins will certainly be up for this one too.
They stunned their city rivals FC in the season’s opener last weekend when one of their new signings, German international Jimmy Keinhorst, dived over in the corner to score the winning try just 10 seconds from the end of the match.
It was a game watched by a Craven Park record attendance of more than 12,000.
The Robins, coached by the legendary Tim Sheens, have made a host of new signings for the campaign. Goal-kicking half back Josh Drinkwater has been recruited from the Catalans Dragons and experienced forward Mitch Garbutt moved to Hull from Leeds along with Keinhorst.
Electing to continue his career on the breezy east coast rather than the near-tropical North Queensland is Cowboys star Kane Linnett who can play both in the threequarters and the forwards.
Weller Hauraki and Ryan Lannon have both been signed from Salford Red Devils.
Young Will Dagger who made several appearances at full back for Wire before moving to Hull last season may be at full-back while our former Academy winger Ryan Shaw is an integral part of the KR line-up these days.
Undoubtedly a danger man is prop Robbie Mulhearn who earned an England cap against France last autumn and was then selected for the England Knights tour of Papua New Guinea.
Centre Ben Crooks joined the club from Leigh Centurions in the middle of last season and Craig Hall, having figured in the Rovers’ colours before, made the switch from Toronto. Forward Joel Tomkins also moved to the Robins from Wigan last term and has settled in so well that the players voted him to be captain this season.
Half back Danny Addy is back in action after missing the whole of last season but the visitors will be without hooker and former captain Shaun Lunt who is on the mend after serious illness along with forwards Nick Scruton and Lee Jewitt and full back Adam Quinlan who are all recovering from injuries.
Wire and Hull KR have been involved in many memorable matches over the years. Who can forget that fabulous Lee Briers drop goal in golden point time at Craven Park that took us into the Challenge Cup semi-final and ultimately the final at Wembley in 2009?
Two less happy Challenge Cup memories for us were the quarter-final defeat by 40-36 on Humberside in 2006 and the semi-final loss at Leeds 26-18 in 2015.
We won both of our encounters last season, 40-26 at home and 34-20 away. Jack Hughes scored two tries in the game at the HJ and Mike Cooper and Stefan Ratchford touched down in both games.
In a points-fest in January 1993 we defeated Rovers 47-26, Mark Forster and Kevin Ellis each scoring two tries.
In January 1989 we rattled up 60 points against Rovers at home, Mark Roberts scoring two of our 11 tries.