Hull KR embrace constant scrutiny as fresh mentality challenge surfaces

Hull Kingston Rovers' Oliver Gildart celebrates with team-mates -Credit:PA
Hull Kingston Rovers' Oliver Gildart celebrates with team-mates -Credit:PA

After Willie Peters' first win in charge of Hull KR, he expressed his desire to build belief across the club. It's fair to say that in that time, he has done just that.

After last week's win over Wigan, confidence and optimism is high. Rovers still have a long way to go, but results like last week only help them reach the heights Peters is keen to attain.

But the nature of professional sport is that the next week provides another challenge and another obstacle to overcome. That's very much the case for the Robins. Last week, they had to prove they could beat one of the top teams. This week, they have to prove they can do it back-to-back. To a degree, it's a thankless task.

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But one Peters is keen for his team to embrace. Over time they have overcome challenges and previous shortcomings, now, they must simply do it again. The impressiveness of those challenges is now increasing.

He said: "If you look at where we were, there was a time before I came over, I heard around Wakefield being our bogey team, we go away and lose to Wakefield.

"No disrespect to Wakefield, they're putting themselves in a strong position going forward, but at the time they were at the bottom of the table. For me, that was a mindset, yeah, it was players and personnel, but then there was a mindset. We' overcame that last year, we beat them away first time then had to get a certain score to reach the top four. We put 50 on them, and we made the top four.

"We showed there we can achieve something when you put your mind to it, get the right people in, that sort of thing. Where we're at now is no secret, we need to go away and beat teams when we're away, Catalans, we've not done that for a long time. Now last week we had a good win against Wigan, if we don't put in a similar performance, what does last week matter in the larger scheme of things?

"When you start to get results and you get two results you get more belief. But honestly, if we fall short on the scoreboard but our performance is where we want it to be, you're going to win more often than you lose, you'll win those away games people are questioning you about.

"That's where we're at now, we can beat any team on our day, there's no doubt about that, I believe that, the players believe that, but we've got to do that week in, week out. We're always proving ourselves, everyone in rugby league is every day, we're no different."