HEADING to Wigan Warriors is never the easiest of tasks but full-back Adam Quinlan says Hull KR venture there today keen to use it as a chance to atone for their “embarrassing” derby defeat.
Tim Sheens’ side lost 30-22 at home to Hull FC on Friday despite their rivals being down to 12 men from the ninth minute due to Bureta Faraimo’s red card.
They’ll come out hard so we have to be ready from the word ‘go’ and come a long way from what we were on Friday as if we play like that again we’ll struggle.Hull KR full-back Adam Quinlan
That result sees them with just two victories from their opening eight games after promotion and already fearing being dragged into the relegation battle again at the end of the season.
Wigan are at the top end of the table but lost their own Good Friday derby 21-18 at leaders St Helens. Quinlan said: “They’re always a good side, always up there and a really tough team.
“They’ll come out hard so we have to be ready from the word ‘go’ and come a long way from what we were on Friday as if we play like that again we’ll struggle.
“I don’t know what to really say about the derby.
“When they went down a number we had a game plan that should work but just at times we lacked a little bit of composure and things didn’t quite come off.
“We let far too many points in as well. To let 30 points in in any game is just not good enough.
“Monday’s massively important to resurrect things after that performance; everyone is gutted and disappointed and embarrassed a bit I suppose. It’s a good opportunity to get straight back out there and give the fans something to cheer about.”
Tellingly, Sheens has given most of those who played Friday the chance to make up for that painful loss today.
All 17 are included again while ex-Huddersfield prop Josh Johnson could debut with doubts over Ben Kavanagh (knee) and winger Will Oakes is also added.
The Robins are still without experienced pair Danny McGuire and Shaun Lunt.
Wigan will give a debut to Australian prop Gabe Hamlin, centre Dan Sarginson makes his comeback from injury, Sam Tomkins returns after illness and there are chances for prop Romain Navarrete and young hooker Josh Ganson.
England captain Sean O’Loughlin, Taulima Tautai and Josh Woods all drop out of the 19.