Rovers plan more of same to rattle Wolves

Maurice Blair. Picture by Tony Johnson
Maurice Blair. Picture by Tony Johnson
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HULL KR plan to take a leaf out of Huddersfield Giants’ book and rile Warrington Wolves tonight.

Chris Chester’s side hope to build on last Sunday’s victory over Widnes Vikings by getting another two points to keep their top-eight hopes alive.

At the same time as they were dragging Widnes out of the play-off spots, Huddersfield were taking Warrington apart in a fiery game that saw four yellow cards and a couple of major brawls.

Wolves prop Anthony England also starts a four-game ban tonight after being suspended for spitting at Giants captain Danny Brough amid all the fracas. “Huddersfield did ruffle their feathers a bit on Sunday,” he said.

“They managed to get under Warrington’s skins and we need to do the same.

“It’s important we make sure we start strong on Friday.

“We took big steps forward last week especially with our attitude defensively and we’re hoping for the same again now.

“It’s an important game in the league table as it’s vital we don’t lose anymore ground on the top eight.

“Warrington haven’t got that fluency they’ve had in the last few years.

“But they do have quality international players that on their day are very, very difficult to contend with so we know it will be tough.”

Tenth-placed Rovers are just two points behind city rivals Hull FC, who occupy the final play-offs berth of eight.

But they have been dealt a major blow with loss of captain and playmaker Terry Campese to a serious knee injury that rules him out for the year.

Chester is confident, though, that Campese’s fellow Australian Maurice Blair can switch from second-row to No 6 effectively against Warrington.

“Don’t forget we signed Blair and Albert Kelly as our one and two half-backs at the end of last season,” he said, about the twin recruits from Gold Coast Titans.

“And then it was only on the off-chance that we managed to get hold of Terry late on in pre-season.

“I’ve every confidence in both Alby and Maurice Blair to get us through until the end of the year.

“We will have a look overseas and in England (for a Campese replacement) but we’ll see what happens.

“Blair does prefer being in the back-row where there’s a little bit more action and he likes the physical side of that position as he is a very good defender.

“But he is a very, very good half-back, too, who is skilful and able to kick.”