Willie Peters singles out 'fitting' Hull KR trait after resounding victory over Wigan

Willie Peters has highlighted a key Hull KR trait after their stunning 26-10 victory over Wigan Warriors, and it all centres on defence. For the Australian head coach, the aspect of the performance that impressed him the most was his side's ability to scramble when they didn't have the ball, particularly in the first half.

The Robins kept Wigan scoreless in the opening forty minutes, despite many breaks from the away side. However, the home side fronted up and showed that desperation to keep their line intact.

That team unity and willingness to dig in delighted Peters, not to mention the brand of rugby in attack, with a brave showing also delivered with the ball as well as without.

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"I thought the way they played, the brand of rugby, and the way they moved the ball in attack flowed tonight against a really good defensive team," Peters said post-match. "Defensively, we had to do a lot, and again, the fitting part was when they made a line break in the first half, we had a lot more jerseys in the picture than Wigan. That's a really positive sign. We need to keep building on that, as that says a lot to me about the team.

"It was good. The players were not happy with what we did (at Catalans) last week, and it was always going to be the players that would turn it around. They worked hard during the week, and they were extremely focused on this game.

"It shows that when they do put their mind to something, they can achieve what they want, and that's what I'm most happy about. When you give this side a challenge, they accept it, take it on, and want to make their community and fanbase proud, and they did that tonight."

Peters' defensive mentality was summed up when asked about Liam Farrell's try at the end of the game, with Wigan grabbing a consolation in the final ten minutes.

"We're not happy with that try at the end," Peters continued. "It came a little bit too easy. The way we defended all the way through the game, we worked extremely hard, and we'll always focus on our defence as number one. To leak 30-plus points last week is not us. That's not acceptable for the standards we want to be at. Defence was our number one priority."

Rovers raced into an 18-0 half-time lead after tries from Jesse Sue, Oliver Gildart, and Peta Hiku. They added to that in the second half, with Ryan Hall crossing over before Kelepi Tanginoa added the gloss with a length-of-field effort after the game stopped still for a second after Hall patted a Wigan pass back.

"I didn't know either as everyone stopped," Peters added on Tanginoa's try. "It lost its excitement a little bit, but once we had a look at it and realised it was a try, it was good to see Kelepi in open space. He was good again tonight when he came on. There were a few times tonight that we were excited, but against Wigan, you are never comfortable, and we weren't comfortable until the back end of the game."

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