Campese back to face Trinity as Hull KR seek redemption

Hull KR's Terry Campese.
Hull KR's Terry Campese.
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HULL KR captain Terry Campese insists his vanquished squad are ready to “redeem” themselves.

They host Super League’s bottom club Wakefield Trinity while still nursing the pain of an embarrassing 60-0 defeat at Wigan Warriors last Friday.

Rovers were without a raft of players for that game, including influential stand-off Campese who was absent as a “precaution” due to a hamstring injury.

It was the first game the in-form Australian had missed since joining from Canberra Raiders over the winter, prompting obvious observations that Hull KR could be lost without him.

But Campese, who returns tonight, told The Yorkshire Post: “That’s definitely not the case.

“It doesn’t matter who played on the day, it was just one of those things.

“We were off and Wigan were really on with all their set-pieces coming off to make it really tough for us.

“There was probably only two fit players left in the squad last week that didn’t play, definitely our worst numbers of the year, so it was a tough night.

“But it was just a little setback and we’ve a few players returning on Thursday.

“I’m sure the boys will turn up with the right attitude ready to redeem themselves,” added Campese.

Wakefield, of course, are on a 10-match losing run in the league and are favourites for relegation.

But James Webster’s team will take confidence from the fact their last win – on February 15 – was a 44-24 victory over Rovers at Belle Vue.

Campese admitted: “They’ll have seen our result and will 100 per cent fancy their chances.

“We watched some video of them through the week and they have been playing with a fair bit of confidence.

“They have been competitive and pushed teams close at times, even being in it after an hour against Wigan.

“We can’t underestimate them and, obviously, we know the last team they beat was us so we realise what they can do and that will encourage them.”

After winning three consecutive league games, Rovers – who also welcome back Josh Mantellato, Kevin Larroyer and Dane Tilse from injury plus Jordan Cox from a Huddersfield loan spell – have now gone the same number without a victory to fall into 10th spot.

But, success tonight would catapult them back into the play-off reckoning and Campese said: “It is a crucial game especially with us being at home.

“We try to pride ourselves on our home form and what we do there is important.

“But we have to improve away from there, too, to let us string some results together.

“First we’ll look at Wakey and the points will come off the back of our defence.”

Meanwhile, Webster, the former Rovers scrum-half, said: “Knowing them like I do, they will be looking to bounce back.

“But we’ve trained well and go into it knowing if we play to our ability, we’ve a chance.

“We are trying to find that form. It has been hard for us, but if we can get there we know we are capable of winning the game.”

Wakefield have props Daniel Anderson and Chris Annakin back from long-term injury but loose forward Danny Washbrook misses his first game in more than 12 months.