Video: Keeping Hull FC pack moving should work to Hull KR’s advantage in Newcastle, says Shaun Lunt

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HULL KR hooker Shaun Lunt says his side intend to tire Hull FC’s giant pack out during Sunday’s derby.

The city rivals meet for a second time this season when they round off Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

Hull KR's Shaun Lunt in action against Widnes last weekend. Picture: Steve Riding.

Hull KR's Shaun Lunt in action against Widnes last weekend. Picture: Steve Riding.

Hull, of course, staged a remarkable fightback to rally from 20-0 down after an hour to win the Easter affair 22-20.

They have not looked back since, claiming seven victories from eight games, and much of that success has been down to their gargantuan forwards.

The likes of Frank Pritchard, Sika Manu, Scott Taylor and Liam Watts have been colossal at times.

“They are a huge pack – there’s no doubt about that,” admitted former England international Lunt.

“But, at the same time, it can go against them. If we can get a quick play-the-ball, keep those big boys moving, that’s what they don’t like.

“You can look at it as a positive or negative, depending on which side you’re on but, hopefully, we can win the ruck area and expose some lazy defence.”

Lunt is a master at doing just that as he showed with a man-of-the-match display in Sunday’s win over Widnes Vikings, only Rovers’ fourth success this season.

He missed the Easter derby through injury but admitted: “That Good Friday game sums up our season so far.

“We were so inconsistent. We’ve had a lot of things off the field – losing a coach and injuries – but we’ve had a lot of inconsistency around the club as a whole.

“We need to find it again and get those players back.

“Yet you can’t use other circumstances as an excuse; it’s had a bearing but we should be better than Easter.”

Traditionally, Rovers have fared well at Magic Weekend, winning five of the seven derby meetings since the inaugural event in 2007.

For all they have laboured at times this year, former Huddersfield Giants rake Lunt senses there is more to come – and they can still reach the top eight.

“We’ve proved this season that we can challenge the top teams,” said the 29-year-old.

“We’ve played very well at times, but also very dumb. If we play to our capabilities, stick to our game-plan and give it our best, we’ll be in with a shot.

“It’s not all about talent, it’s about effort and attitude. It doesn’t matter who you play, so long as you have those things, you give yourselves a chance.”

Rovers are certainly a better side with Lunt in their ranks.

He said: “I’ve been happy with how I’ve been playing, but there’s a lot more to come from myself and the rest of this team.

“As long as my forwards keep going in the right direction, I’ll be a happy man.”

Huddersfield Giants’ Danny Brough has confirmed he will lead Scotland in the Four Nations later this year.

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