HULL KR full-back Ben Cockayne has reiterated the belief that his side need to start performing again or risk jeopardising their season.
The widely-held feeling is that Hull FC are under most pressure in this evening’s derby between the sides at Magic Weekend.
They each have 10 points but Hull’s fans have been more vocal with their displeasure at inconsistent form.
However, Cockayne said: “I am not bothered if Hull feel under pressure or not. I am just worried about us and we need to start putting some wins together.
“We have a great squad and we feel we should be doing better than we are.
“I’m not saying we should be top of the league but we feel we are better than where we are and we should be in a better position (than ninth).
“But we’re not. The reality is the table doesn’t lie. We have got some hard work to do.”
In his second spell with Rovers, after a two-year stint with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Cockayne is relishing the opportunity to take part in the 222nd Hull derby.
He starred in their 21-20 Easter win over Hull FC, although that was the club’s last victory having then lost against Catalan and Widnes while drawing in frustrating style at Salford a week ago.
“In terms of derbies, there is no better atmosphere at any other game,” said the 30-year-old.
“Both sets of fans are noisy for their teams. It is a great spectacle to be a part of and fingers crossed we can get a win this week.
“Hull will be empty on Saturday with City in the FA Cup final at Wembley too but hopefully the majority of fans come along to the Etihad.
“It is a great weekend for the city but some of the fans will be torn.”
Cockayne is looking for a better return than his outing there with Wakefield against Castleford 12 months ago – “Kirk Dixon put four tries past me so it wasn’t my best experience” – but is more mindful of the side’s need to perform. “We are putting ourselves in good positions every week and are not getting spanked but we are not finishing games off just now,” he said.
“But we know with derbies, form goes out of the window.”