We all know the magnitude of this game, says Hull KR chief

Under-pressure Hull KR coach Justin Morgan believes today’s game at Harlequins is one of the biggest in the club’s recent history.

They head to the capital under intense scrutiny after chairman Neil Hudgell reportedly entered the dressing room following Sunday’s shambolic loss against Warrington and demanded they won their next four games.

Morgan, meanwhile, has had to defend his own position as speculation mounted about his future, Rovers having won just six league games all season.

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They will slip to 12th if they lose again this afternoon, swapping places with Harlequins, who won their first game in 13 attempts last week, but also know victory will enhance their slim prospects of salvaging a play-off berth.

“It’s a huge game in the context of the season,” said Morgan.

“I think the next month of fixtures will dictate how good a season we’re going to have. It starts with this one.

“It’s one of the biggest we’ve had in Super League, certainly over the last couple of years. We all know the magnitude of the game.”

He has highlighted Harlequins scrum-half Luke Gale and full-back Luke Dorn as the players most likely to cause most trouble for his side.

“Gale is a quality player and I think if you give both he and Dorn space then they’ve got pace to burn,” said Morgan.

“If you give them half a yard, they’ll take it. We have to be tight defensively, good with our decisions and work really hard from the inside to make sure we put some pressure on them and they don’t get the space.

“They’ll be confident. They had a poor stretch and will be looking to get back-to-back wins but we’re equally desperate to get our season moving in the right direction and it’s a huge game for where we are in the table.”

Wakefield, who hope to unveil an overseas signing next week, were the side that became Harlequins’ first Super League victims since March 11.

Coach John Kear is expecting a positive response tomorrow when they entertain his former club Hull FC.

“There has been a lot more focus, intensity and drive in practice this week than there was last,” he said. “Perhaps they realise they have points to prove still.”

Someone who does not is captain Glenn Morrison, back from injury with Kear hoping the 35-year-old will re-sign for next year rather than retire.

“I’ve spoken to Glenn at length about it,” he said. “I’ve told him he’d be foolish if he didn’t play on. He’s been outstanding all season. When he’s out, we’re not as good.”