Hull KR v Wigan Warriors: Willie Peters makes admission over club's progress ahead of latest test

Hull KR were well beaten in Perpignan last week. (Photo: Rémi Vignaud/Catalans Dragons/SWpix.com)Hull KR were well beaten in Perpignan last week. (Photo: Rémi Vignaud/Catalans Dragons/SWpix.com)
Hull KR were well beaten in Perpignan last week. (Photo: Rémi Vignaud/Catalans Dragons/SWpix.com)
WILLIE PETERS admits Hull KR have mental hurdles they must clear if they are to end their long wait for silverware.

The Robins came agonisingly close to winning a first major trophy since 1985 in last year's Challenge Cup final, only to lose in golden point to Leigh Leopards.

Rovers went on to reach the semi-finals of the Super League play-offs and have made a positive start to this season.

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However, after failing to beat any of their top-six rivals away from home in 2023, KR continued an unwanted record under Peters in last week's 36-6 defeat by Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.

"You need to beat the best, whether it's at home or away," said Peters.

"That's our next progression. We've come a long way, there's no doubt about that, but we're not where we want to be.

"How do I know that? Well, it's because we've struggled to go to Catalans and beat them over there.

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"To be there at the end of the year and win silverware, you need to beat the best teams away.”

Willie Peters is relishing the challenge of hosting Wigan. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)Willie Peters is relishing the challenge of hosting Wigan. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)
Willie Peters is relishing the challenge of hosting Wigan. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com)

A seventh successive loss at Stade Gilbert Brutus brought an abrupt end to KR's five-match winning streak in league and cup, a run that has taken Peters' side to within 80 minutes of a return to Wembley.

Peters views Friday's semi-final dress rehearsal against Wigan Warriors at Craven Park as the perfect game for the Robins in the wake of a humbling experience in Perpignan.

"I said straight after last week's game that we're not going to get a better opportunity," he added.

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"We could play a team that aren't going so well at the moment, come here and win on Friday night and could be in the same position in a couple of weeks' time if we have to go away to a Wigan.

"To be able to come back home and play against the champions is what you want. Players should get excited about that because it's an opportunity. I see it as a real opportunity.

"If we play the way we can play for a long period, we'll give ourselves an opportunity (to win).

"We're looking for a far better performance this week. The key for us is to put in a performance that our fans are proud of – because we certainly weren't proud of what we delivered against Catalans."

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