HULL KR coach Chris Chester demands his side show the same desire against Leeds Rhinos tonight as they did to dump Wigan Warriors out of the Challenge Cup – or they will pay the price against the Super League leaders.
Rovers travel to Headingley fresh from their best display of the season, a hard-fought and shock 16-12 cup success versus Wigan at Leigh a week ago.
The hope is they now replicate that more consistently and force their way back into the top eight.
Leeds, though, returned to winning ways with an emphatic 48-16 rout of Huddersfield Giants to reach the quarter-finals and Chester admitted: “It will be another tough game. They are the in-form team and had another good victory at the weekend against Huddersfield so will be very hard and very physical.
“Leeds are very unpredictable with the way they play; they base their game a lot around offloads and have a lot of very good exciting outside backs who they get the ball to early.
“We really need to be good defensively but we took a couple of steps forward versus Wakefield in that department and then a giant leap last week v Wigan defensively and we need that same attitude and desire to get a result.
“Defensively, it was probably our best performance and a lot of that’s got to do with my assistant Willie Poching who put in a great defensive plan to combat a very good Wigan team. It’s got to be the benchmark now.”
Chester concedes repeating the feat, however, won’t be easy given yet more injuries.
“We’re not having much luck but that’s the nature of the sport,” he said, with the East Yorkshire club seeing an entire pack currently sidelined.
“We’ve lost Adam Walker. He went in for an op last week. We went for a second opinion the day before the (Wigan) game - that’s why we named him in the squad - and unfortunately they were adamant he needed surgery.
“We lost Dane Tilse to a broken thumb and Graeme Horne who tore his pec in the first 10, 15 minutes last week.
“He played the full first half with his pec hanging off but that’s just Graeme Horne - he’s a tough kid who wears his heart on his sleeve. We’ve Greg Burke out, Mitch Allgood, still got Shaun Lunt missing ...that’s pretty much my front-row.
“But it is what it is. We’ve signed Wigan’s James Greenwood on loan and we’re looking for another good performance.”