Dobson talks up Rovers
Hull KR half-back Michael Dobson is confident his under-achieving side can scupper Wigan Warriors’ bid to take over at the top of Stobart Super League tonight.
The Warriors, who have the chance to leapfrog leaders Huddersfield Giants, have won the last seven meetings with the Robins and triumphed 40-6 in the corresponding fixture last year - but Dobson believes they can turn the tables at the DW Stadium.
“I think so,” he said. “We’ve shown on our day when we play well we can match any team in the competition.
“We’re disappointed we’re not higher on the ladder. We’ve been inconsistent and let a few games slip.
“We’ve also had few a injuries but every team gets them and we’re now getting close to full strength. In the last few weeks we’ve been playing some good footie.”
Hull KR are set to give a debut to former Crusaders prop Ryan O’Hara, who sat out the first three months of the season with a shoulder injury.
“He’s played for the Under-20s in the last couple of weeks building his fitness and I’m sure he will do a good job for us,” added Dobson.
Wigan, who are resigned to losing winger Pat Richards for 12 weeks with a knee injury, are aiming to extend their winning run to seven matches and keep alive their hopes of the double.
“They are always strong,” said Dobson, who had a spell at Wigan in 2006. “Their attack has probably improved a bit this year.
“They’re always strong in defence and they’re starting to hit their straps now. They’re a very consistent team so we know it’s going to be tough.”
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are another side hoping to spring an upset when they take on St Helens at Langtree Park.
The Wildcats have not won away from home since the opening day of the season, yet coach Richard Agar reckons his side are capable of rising to the big occasion, pointing to their win over high-flying Catalan Dragons and a narrow loss at Warrington Wolves.
“We’ve proven on occasions this year that, when we have played those sides that are fancied at the end of the year, even when we’ve gone away from home, we’ve put in some really good shows and given ourselves chances of winning games,” Agar said.
“This has got to be no different. The players know the levels they’ve got to get to and we’re starting to get some genuine competition for places.”