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Hull KR season preview

Super League: 10th

Challenge Cup: Runners-up

Hull KR reached there first Challenge Cup Final in almost 30 years in 2015, but that feat was overshadowed by their capitulation at Wembley, as they went down 50-0 against the all-conquering Leeds Rhinos.

They were inconsistent in Super League, too. Injuries didn’t help their cause, but despite finishing two points off the Super 8s, the Robins ended the regular season with the second worst defensive record in Super League and had to ensure their top flight status in the Middle 8s.

When Terry Campese and Albert Kelly were both fit and available the Robins looked like a side that could trouble anyone, but their playmakers were sidelined at various times and without them, and with the leaky defence, Rovers were unable to lay down a challenge for the Super 8s.

Opening Fixtures

Castleford Tigers (h) SL 7/2/16
Warrington Wolves (a) SL 14/2/16
Wakefield Wildcats (h) SL 21/2/16
St Helens (h) SL 26/2/16
Widnes Vikings (a) SL 4/3/16

2016 Signings

Thomas Minns (Leeds Rhinos)
Iain Thornley (Wigan Warriors)
Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos)
Shaun Lunt (Huddersfield Giants)
Kevin Larroyer (Catalans Dragons)
James Greenwood (Wigan Warriors)
Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls)
Rob Mulhern (Leeds Rhinos)
Will Oaks (Wakefield Wildcats)

Shaun Lunt made 19 appearances for the Robins on loan last season so won’t need as much time to bed in as some of the other signings.
The hooker is proven at Super League level and adds nouse and creativity to the Robins and can bring lead the team in the absence of Campese.

Thomas Minns has bags of potential too and a more permanent base for him could see him flourish in the coming years.

2016 Departures

Michael Weyman (retired)
Darrell Goulding (retired)
Keal Carlile (Sheffield Eagles)
Tyrone McCarthy (St George Illawara)
Dane Chisholm (Canterbury Bulldogs – loan return)
Sonny Esslemont (Keighley Cougars)
Josh Guzdek (Dewsbury Rams)
Jamie Langley (retired)
Aaron Ollett (Keighley Cougars)
Macauley Hallett (Swinton Lions)
Kris Welham (Bradford Bulls)
Jordan Cox (Warrington Wolves)
Greg Burke (Wigan Warriors – loan return)
Connor Robinson (released)

Michael Weyman became something of a cult hero at Craven Park, the try scoring prop forward never took a backward step and made big gains for Rovers.

Add to him the departure of Tyrone McCarthy and it is clear to see that the Robins have lost a fair bit of power in the forwards.

Chris Chester said that he is still in the market for new players after the trial match defeat to Hull FC, and down the middle is where he needs to be focussing his search.

2016 Prediction

It could be a hard slog for Rovers this season. The 60-20 defeat to their cross-city rivals on the eve of the new season suggests that the defensive lapses of last season haven’t been addressed.

Rovers will still cause a threat to any opposition in attack as long as Campese and Kelly are fit, but the 31 year-old half-back hasn’t yet fully recovered from the ACL injury that has kept him out of action since June.

Wakefield look like they will be far more competitive in 2016, and Salford and Hull FC will be looking toward crashing the Super 8s this year, leaving the Robins some way behind toward the wrong end of the table.

Budding Sport Journalist, originally from York, studying in Plymouth. NothingButLeague contributor and creator of


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