HULL KR captain Terry Campese says the squad must take some responsibility for the poor start to the season that led to head coach Chris Chester’s sacking.
They host St Helens tonight with Chester having been removed from his post on Tuesday following two defeats and a draw from the Robins’ opening three Super League games. The last straw was Sunday’s 14-12 home loss to struggling Wakefield Trinity and assistant coach Willie Poching is now in caretaker charge.
Campese, the Australian stand-off still yet to return from a knee injury, wrote in his blog on The Yorkshire Post website: “It has been a tough week. Everybody will be aware of what’s gone on with our head coach Chris Chester over the past few days and it’s been a difficult situation for us all. I’ll leave it to other people at the club to say more when the time is right, but it’s not been the start to the year that we wanted and everybody has to take responsibility for that including the boys on the field.
“At the weekend against Wakey, we scored more tries but we just didn’t kick our goals.
“We probably bombed another five chances too so it’s fine margins and that’s footy for you. Sadly, it can be a cruel game at times.
“You know going into this career what can happen but it’s still tough to take and we’re sorry that Chezzy won’t be in charge for Friday’s game against St Helens.
“The boys want to make up for everything and make it back up to the fans, the people who pay their money to watch us play. We need to put all the distractions aside and get on with it.”
St Helens were vanquished by Sydney Roosters a week ago having also been heavily beaten by Salford Red Devils.
Poching is adamant under-pressure Rovers can secure a first win of the season. He said: “The players understand we’ve got to improve but is the quality there? Definitely. We just need to tweak some things and get some energy and enthusiasm into our game.
“These are the games the players want to be part of and there’ll be no better way to get a response than against a St Helens team who’ll be hungry. I think it’s a good time to play them.
“The players believe in themselves, and I believe that too.”