Sandercock keen for Hull KR to make swift opening

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Hull KR chief Craig Sandercock has urged his squad to rediscover some early game sharpness in order to return to winning ways.

They head to Salford Red Devils in this evening’s televised game desperate to quickly right the wrongs of Sunday’s gut-wrenching 34-29 defeat to Widnes Vikings.

That saw their four-match victorious run in Super League come to an abrupt end but tonight’s fixture offers hope of a swift return to form.

Salford are in the mire having lost four successive matches, new coach Iestyn Harris’s only victory since taking over from the sacked Brian Noble coming in his first game at Bradford back on April 11.

But Sandercock said: “We’ve started too slowly for our liking in the last couple of games so we need to start well, make sure we are disciplined and do all the little things well.

“Salford have possibly been a little bit like us in terms of being up and down this season.

“But they’ve got some world class players and some players that can score tries out of absolutely nothing.

“It’s no secret that they’ve two class halves, but especially Rangi Chase, and Gareth Hock is a class player as well, so they’ve got some real strike weapons.

“We realise it’s going to be a really hard game and we need to be at our best.”

There will be added pressure on the Rovers’ front-row which is severely decimated by the loss through injury of Justin Poore and Adam Walker while twin-brother Jonathan Walker also misses due to a one-game ban.

That means James Green, the 23-year-old who this week signed a new deal until the end of 2016, is set for extra work, although he is looking forward to seeing two experienced props in action too.

“I think Mick (Weyman) versus Adrian Morley should be an interesting one,” he said.

“It’s two veterans going at it so I’m excited to watch that one myself.

“But Mick and the other senior forwards have been great with me here.

“I’m still in a development stage of my career so to have people like that around me is ideal.”

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