Withers keen to maintain Rovers revival
Hull KR hooker Lincoln Withers believes his side can make further progress up the Stobart Super League table by claiming another notable scalp when Catalan Dragons visit Craven Park tonight.
The Robins are on a roll with back-to-back victories over previous table-toppers Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves and they can move to within a point of the third-placed Dragons if they make it a club Super League record-equalling fifth consecutive win.
“Momentum is massive in rugby league,” Withers said.
“You get a few wins and the team starts playing a bit better because you have a bit of confidence in each other and yourself.
“Everybody has got a smile on their face at training. We’ll just take it a week at a time and hopefully the form stays good and we can carry on to the end of the season with a bit of momentum.”
The Catalans have faltered after losing their last two games but they are aiming to complete a hat-trick of victories over Hull KR after winning at home in the league and squeezing out a two-point triumph at Craven Park in the Challenge Cup in April.
“They were really competitive games,” added Withers.
“They were tight to the end and in the last game we were unlucky not to come home.
“They’re a great side, well coached and they’ve got some big boys. We’ll just have to match them and keep on our defence which has probably been our best thing in the last couple of matches.
“They have probably the biggest pack in the league. They have some really good halves in Leon Pryce and Scott Dureau but it’s the forwards that probably win the game for you these days.”
In tonight’s other match, Salford City Reds will be aiming to play St Helens at their own game, with help from Knowsley Road legend Sean Long.
Salford have slipped out of play-off contention after winning just three of their last 12 matches but that has not prevented them establishing a reputation as the great entertainers.
Danny Williams, who yesterday committed himself to the Reds by signing a new two-year contract, is part of a star-studded back division and hails the impact made by assistant coach Long, the former Saints scrum-half who was placed in charge of the team’s attack by Phil Veivers at the start of the season.
“He’s obviously got a great attacking influence on the team,” Williams said.
“I wasn’t here long enough last season to compare but, for me, we are playing quite attractive football at the moment which is nice to watch.”