Salford Red Devils v Hull KR: Cup shock not a true reflection on season, says James Webster

James Webster.
James Webster.
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ONE DISASTROUS result has given a false picture of Hull KR’s season, coach James Webster claims.

Rovers bounced back from their shock Challenge Cup home loss to lower division Oldham by winning 58-16 at Castleford Tigers last weekend.

And Webster believes that was a truer reflection of his team, who travel to Salford Red Devils this afternoon.

“Other than Oldham, I think this year we’ve been pretty decent,” said Webster. “If you take that game out of our season, I think we’ve been pretty brave. Everybody wants to focus on Oldham and we understand that was a really poor result for us, but it has been a pretty tough year for us at the club.

“We’ve gone in with a skinny squad and at times we’ve blooded three or four 17-year-olds. We’ve continually had to ask kids from the academy to come and train, just to give us enough players.

“I think the players have stuck solid and done well and we have the knowledge we can get better, especially if we get players back.

“Albert Kelly, Mitch Allgood and Thomas Minns came back last weekend and those three players were instrumental in us playing better.

“No matter who you are, you need your best players playing and playing well for you.”

It has been a difficult week for Salford, who dropped to third from bottom in Super League after having six points deducted for breaching the salary cap in past seasons.

That moved Rovers up a place to ninth, but Webster is wary of a backlash. He said: “It reminds me of Bradford, when I was at Wakefield.

“We played them on the back of them having lost some points and they got us that day.

“I am sure they will be looking at this week as chance to get some of their points back.

“They will feel they have had a bit of injustice done to them and I really rate them as a great team.

“It is a massive challenge for us to go there and win, but we need to go on a run at some stage.

“There’s only 10 games to go until the competition splits after this week and we don’t want to leave ourselves too much to do in those 10 weeks.”