Hull KR's latest successful chase hits different in more ways than one

On matchday, Hull KR's team meeting room is converted into the media room. Many of the messages and tactical insights that the players are used to seeing are replaced by general branding, but two display boards remain pride of place at all times.

One is called 'Chasing Zeroes'. It is a board used to celebrate every time Rovers successfully keep a team to nil in a game. It is a daily reminder of their previous successes and a regular motivator to add to the collection.

The other board is used to show a special moment from every game where a player went above and beyond to make a special play for their team. It could be a try-saving tackle or an example of helping a team-mate out. Every week, an incident is used to epitomise the 'Hull KR way'.

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They go to show what Willie Peters takes pride in from his team. They are two hallmarks of the ideologies that he puts on his players. And it's why the victory over Leigh Leopards will be treasured more than most by the Robins boss.

When Rovers reconvene in the next few days, their defensive display against Leigh will take pride of place, alongside the shutouts of Hull FC and Salford Red Devils earlier in the season.

However, the voting panel that determines which moment is picked out as one that exemplifies their philosophy will be almost impossible. This victory was built on numerous examples of the Hull KR Way.

From Jez Litten's cover tackle on Zak Hardaker to Tom Opacic's kick retrieve in the corner. James Batchelor's remarkable effort to stop Matt Moylan from scoring and Ryan Hall's superb recovery to deny Umyla Hanley on the last play of the game. They were all huge moments on a special evening.

This performance meant a lot to Peters and given the buy-in from his players, just as much to the team too. Rovers' defensive shortcomings have been fairly scrutinised in recent weeks, showing frailties down their right edge and a general inability to defend errors. However, this was the complete opposite.

The Robins weren't at their best in attack and some clean breaks left them having to defend their line as a result of their failings. But this time, they defended them and found a way to survive. It was everything they've not been in recent weeks, even in victory over London Broncos last week.

We all know that it's how Rovers perform in the big games that will ultimately determine how their season is defined. However, performances like this, against a game Leigh side, it has to be said, are the laying of foundations that should help them produce when it matters most at the business end of the season. Building habits is key for Rovers, certainly as they enter a period of games against teams lower down the table. So to produce a performance of that magnitude is a brilliant base to build on.

Of course, the challenge now is to be consistent with it; one defensive clinic doesn't wipe the slate clean of issues from previous weeks. But it certainly provides evidence and belief that they can do it.

Rovers are third in Super League at the midway point of the season, just two points adrift of leaders, St Helens, and that really shouldn't go under the radar. Such is the congested nature of the table at the top, it's something many may not acknowledge. But as it stands, Rovers are in contention to win the League Leaders' Shield, which would be some accomplishment. There's a lot of work to be done between now and then, and Rovers still need to improve if they're to win trophies.

However, games like this and wins like this can't be underestimated as Rovers strive to hit uncharted heights.