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Hull KR look to bounce back from manager misery against Saints

Hull KR host St. Helens this evening in their first game since the departure of former head coach Chris Chester.

The Robins will be managed by assistant coach Willie Poching for tonight’s game.

St. Helens will also be looking to bounce back after their demolition by the Sydney Roosters in the World Club Series last weekend.

In fact, the Saints haven’t won since round one, after being trashed by Salford the week before.

Cunningham could still be smarting from that heavy defeat, but will look to rectify his side’s mistakes this time round.

Hull KR come into the game off the back of a damaging draw with last year’s bottom club Wakefield, the result that ultimately decided Chris Chester’s future under the helm at Craven Park.

St. Helens have won three of the last five meetings between the two sides, including a 52-12 thrashing of the East Hull side last July.

The Rovers also have the potential to cause their opponents an upset too – they defeated the Saints 40-10 in July 2014.

Hull KR are without Josh Mantellato and James Donaldson for tonight’s tie. The pair picked up injuries in the 38-8 defeat to Warrington.

St Helens are boosted by the return of hooker James Roby, while Dominix Peyroux, who scored both of the Saints’ only tries in the loss to Sydney Roosters, is also included.

While much of the limelight is on temporary Hull KR manager Willie Poching, a win for either of these sides will improve their table rankings in this early part of the season.

Hull KR 19 man squad

Allgood, Blair, Clarkson, Cockayne, Dixon, Green, Greenwood, Holker, Horne, Kelly, Lawler, Minns, Mulhern, Salter, Shaw, Sio, Thornley, Tilse, Walker.

St Helens 19 man squad

Makinson, Turner, Swift, Burns, Walsh, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Vea, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Tasi, Savelio, Thompson, Peyroux, Greenwood, Dawson, Owens, McDonnell.

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