Michael Dobson

Suffering a heavy defeat is never a good feeling for any footy club, but for Hull KR, they put it behind them, as they emerged victorious against St Helens, winning 22-14.

For Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock, it was the performances of three individuals that won the game for his side in his opinion – Michael Dobson, Cory Paterson and David Hodgson.

“Michael and Cory are the heartbeat of this team,” Sandercock said.

“To have them playing against St Helens was a big boost. Having them and Dave Hodgson was a massive help.”

Although on the whole, it did not matter, Sandercock said that his side’s overall execution could have been better.

“I’m very pleased with the efforts of the players, although it wasn’t pretty,” Sandercock said.

“We didn’t execute as well as we would have liked. But it was a very gritty performance.

“The boys defended really well and showed the effort and commitment needed to play first grade rugby league.”

Admitting that your side was outplayed in every facet is never easy, but St Helens coach Nathan Brown admitted that his side was outplayed in every area by Hull KR.

“I could tell by the first few sets that we weren’t quite there,” Brown said.

“Our kicking game was really poor and while our goal-line was great, our defence elsewhere wasn’t.

“Our best player was Francis Meli and he’s the only one to have had a rest over Easter. It’s not an excuse, we just didn’t execute well.

“There wasn’t a lot we did well. But to hold them out and stay in the game was good but there was a lot we didn’t do well.”

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