Sandercock - We must respect possession


27th February 2014

Craig Sandercock will be looking for his side to respect possession when they take on Castleford Tigers at the KC Lightstream Stadium tomorrow night (KO 8pm).

The Robins coughed up plenty of ball in the opening 40 minutes of the 24-24 with Huddersfield and Sandercock says that will need to change on Friday evening.

“I think we turned the ball over a little bit too much in the first half last week and we need to respect possession more,” he said. “The other thing you have to do against good sides is take your opportunities when they come along because if you don’t, it can come back to haunt you.

“We dropped the ball over the line three times against Huddersfield and that’s something we need to improve on. Last week showed us how rugby league can be sometimes in as much that one minute you’re dropping the ball over the opposition line and then the next, the other team are down the other end scoring themselves. We were really disappointed as we believed we had an opportunity to win that game.”

The Tigers have enjoyed an impressive start to the season with victories over Bradford and Catalan taking them to the top of the Super League table after two rounds. Their performances in those two games have impressed Sandercock who admits that the Robins will have to be at their best if they’re going to come away with a victory.

“They brought in some really good players during the off-season and are at full-strength at the moment so it’s going to be a tough game,” he added. “They’re

pretty consistent across the park and that’s what makes them a dangerous side. Justin Carney out there on the wing has been scoring tries at will and is a real strike weapon for them. Having said that, our boys are feeling confident and if we can perform to our best then we’ll give Castleford a real run for their money.”