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Post by Luke on Fri 18 Jan 2013, 1:47 pm

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The title of the thread says it all.
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Post by The Beast on Thu 24 Oct 2019, 9:08 pm

Well 5 players from a mid-table Championship side might not on the face of it get pulses racing (4 technically as Rowan Milnes is being loaned back to Bradford).

On the plus side Joe Keyes following a bad injury was excellent at the back end of the season and a big part of the late season form. Elliott Minchella, has been a revelation for me at Bradford. Not a second row (or stand off) but was the potential to be a very solid SL LF, likes Keyes deserves his chance at the higher level. I saw Matty Storton's debut had no-one known it was his debut you would have never known looked completely comfortable and improved again last year. Might be a bit soon for SL but a talent no doubt.

Sending Milnes on loan is sensible, tall stand off with a nice passing game who can make a break but following a broken leg (Fax, Cup Quarter-Final) needs more seasoning to be a SL player IMO.

BTW, I am gutted.

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Post by Luke on Thu 24 Oct 2019, 9:33 pm

Really surprised that it's 4 (new we were after Storton). Solid business, and with a reserve side good additions. Keyes and Minchella have heard lots of good things about both. Storton don't know alot about or Milnes.

Follows our pattern this year of signing young players with something to prove.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Fri 25 Oct 2019, 5:27 am

The Beast wrote:Well 5 players from a mid-table Championship side might not on the face of it get pulses racing (4 technically as Rowan Milnes is being loaned back to Bradford).

On the plus side Joe Keyes following a bad injury was excellent at the back end of the season and a big part of the late season form.  Elliott Minchella, has been a revelation for me at Bradford.  Not a second row (or stand off) but was the potential to be a very solid SL LF, likes Keyes deserves his chance at the higher level.  I saw Matty Storton's debut had no-one known it was his debut you would have never known looked completely comfortable and improved again last year.  Might be a bit soon for SL but a talent no doubt.

Sending Milnes on loan is sensible, tall stand off with a nice passing game who can make a break but following a broken leg (Fax, Cup Quarter-Final) needs more seasoning to be a SL player IMO.

BTW, I am gutted.
If Anasu Mudoti is coached right and looks after himself he could in my opinion be something special, but will need time

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Post by The Beast on Fri 25 Oct 2019, 1:03 pm

There won't be a problem for Anasu Mudoti, John Bastian is Head of Development who was outstanding at Bradford.

Just going back to Storton, it is of course dangerous to label players, it is still very early and a step up however there are similarities with John Bateman, not physically imposing but defenders bounce off him seemingly underestimating his strength.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Wed 30 Oct 2019, 12:55 am

The Beast wrote:There won't be a problem for Anasu Mudoti, John Bastian is Head of Development who was outstanding at Bradford.

Just going back to Storton, it is of course dangerous to label players, it is still very early and a step up however there are similarities with John Bateman, not physically imposing but defenders bounce off him seemingly underestimating his strength.
I do think that if the Robins can hang on to their young players the future is exciting for the club, but as we know certain so called big clubs are always in the background waiting to sign up young talent from other clubs if given the chance.

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Post by Luke on Thu 14 Nov 2019, 3:26 am

Rover's have released next year's home top.
A Tribute to the 1980 challenge cup win. It's predominantly white. With a thick red band across the chest, 3 red strips from the red collar down the arm.
It's a typical rovers home top, and abit boring in my opinion.
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Post by Luke on Thu 14 Nov 2019, 3:46 am

Super League fixture list released. Rover's games are (* sky games). It should be noted this year there's only one game at easter.

Fri 31st Jan - Wakefield H.
Fri 7th Feb - Hull FC A *.
Fri 14th - Leeds A.
Fri 21st - Huddersfield H.
Thurs 27th - Castleford H *.
Sun 8th March - Wigan A.
Sun 15th - Toronto H *.
Sun 22nd - Warrington H.
Fri 27th - St Helens A.
Fri 10th April (gf) - Hull FC H *.
Fri 17th - Salford A.
Thurs 23rd - Castleford A *.
Thurs 30th - Warrington H *.
Fri 15th May - Wigan A.
Sun 23rd - (MW) Wakefield N *.
Sun 31st - St Helens H.
Fri 12th June - Salford H.
Sat 20th - Toronto A.
Sun 28th - Wigan H.
Sat 4th July - Catalan A.
Thurs 9th - Huddersfield A *.
Sun 26th - Leeds H.
Sun 2nd Aug - Wakefield A.
Fri 7th - Warrington A.
Sun 16th - Toronto H.
Sat 22 - Hull FC A.
Sun 30th - Leeds H.
Fri 4th Sept - Huddersfield A.
Fri 11th Sept - Catalan H.


Obviously no easy fixtures. But I really don't get how they work these fixtures out. How are 2 games v Cas are within 2 months of each other rather than more spread.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Fri 15 Nov 2019, 12:39 pm

Luke wrote:Super League fixture list released. Rover's games are (* sky games). It should be noted this year there's only one game at easter.

Fri 31st Jan - Wakefield H.
Fri 7th Feb - Hull FC A *.
Fri 14th - Leeds A.
Fri 21st - Huddersfield H.
Thurs 27th - Castleford H *.
Sun 8th March - Wigan A.
Sun 15th - Toronto H *.
Sun 22nd - Warrington H.
Fri 27th - St Helens A.
Fri 10th April (gf) - Hull FC H *.
Fri 17th - Salford A.
Thurs 23rd - Castleford A *.
Thurs 30th - Warrington H *.
Fri 15th May - Wigan A.
Sun 23rd - (MW) Wakefield N *.
Sun 31st - St Helens H.
Fri 12th June - Salford H.
Sat 20th - Toronto A.
Sun 28th - Wigan H.
Sat 4th July - Catalan A.
Thurs 9th - Huddersfield A *.
Sun 26th - Leeds H.
Sun 2nd Aug - Wakefield A.
Fri 7th - Warrington A.
Sun 16th - Toronto H.
Sat 22 - Hull FC A.
Sun 30th - Leeds H.
Fri 4th Sept - Huddersfield A.
Fri 11th Sept - Catalan H.


Obviously no easy fixtures. But I really don't get how they work these fixtures out. How are 2 games v Cas are within 2 months of each other rather than more spread.
Not the most difficult start for the Robins, but the Hull derby could be spicy in only the 2nd game of the season

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Post by The Beast on Sun 08 Dec 2019, 6:03 pm

Jamie Ellis & Ryan Brierley interesting signings. I must admit to be slightly concerned that KR have signed a number of Championship players but if anyone can get the best out of them it is Tony Smith.

There are worse signings.........over to the Bulls thread.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sun 08 Dec 2019, 10:17 pm

The Beast wrote:Jamie Ellis & Ryan Brierley interesting signings.  I must admit to be slightly concerned that KR have signed a number of Championship players but if anyone can get the best out of them it is Tony Smith.

There are worse signings.........over to the Bulls thread.
If i was a Robins fan i wouldn't be inspired by these 2 signings

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Post by The Beast on Sat 21 Dec 2019, 10:32 am

Not sure about this;

Hull KR recruitment 2021

Does the Chairman not like his 2020 squad? Sends a strange message IMO, we've signed you but want better next year???

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Post by Luke on Sun 22 Dec 2019, 10:44 am

The Beast wrote:Jamie Ellis & Ryan Brierley interesting signings.  I must admit to be slightly concerned that KR have signed a number of Championship players but if anyone can get the best out of them it is Tony Smith.

There are worse signings.........over to the Bulls thread.


Don't like the Ellis signing. I don't rate home, and we have Abdul to perform that job on the pitch.
But do like the Brierley signing. He offers something different, and can cover a few positions. Could be our most underrated signing.
I'm not overly bothered about the signings, players who are hungry, something to prove, think it's an interesting way to go. Could be good, and form a decent squad for years to come.

Rover's away kit (which I've got), is blue, with a red collar and band across the centre. It looks really smart.
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Post by Luke on Sun 22 Dec 2019, 10:46 am

The Beast wrote:Not sure about this;

Hull KR recruitment 2021

Does the Chairman not like his 2020 squad?  Sends a strange message IMO, we've signed you but want better next year???

Not sure. Think they're going to cut quite a few players, and really depends on who's on the market.
The main aim this year is to just stay up I feel, and then move forward possibly.
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Post by Luke on Sun 22 Dec 2019, 10:56 am

Rover's squad numbers.

1- Adam Quinlan.
2- Ben Crooks.
3- Shaun Kenny-Dowall.
4- Kane Linnett.
5- Greg Minikin.
7- Jordan Abdull.
8- Robbie Mulhern.
9- Matt Parcell.
10- Mose Masoe.
11- Weller Hauraki.
12- Harvey Livett.
13- Dean Hadley.
14- Mitch Garbutt
15- George Lawler.
16- Dan Murray
17- Kyle Trout.
18- Jez Litten.
19- Will Dagger.
20- Mikey Lewis.
21- Owen Harrison.
22- Nick Rawsthorne.
23- Ethan Ryan.
24- Joe Keyes.
25- Matty Gee.
26- Will Maher.
27- Elliot Minchella.
28- Matty Storton.
29- Anesu Mudoti.
30- Jamie Ellis.
31- Ryan Brierley.


Lots of players in a few positions. But it's a squad that I feel can bring excitement.
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Post by Luke on Sun 22 Dec 2019, 10:58 am

Luke wrote:
The Beast wrote:Not sure about this;

Hull KR recruitment 2021

Does the Chairman not like his 2020 squad?  Sends a strange message IMO, we've signed you but want better next year???

Not sure. Think they're going to cut quite a few players, and really depends on who's on the market.
The main aim this year is to just stay up I feel, and then move forward possibly.

I should add that quite a few signings are for 1 year, andd there's a few who's contracts end this year. So that could be part of the thinking as well.
Added with the proposed work around the stadium.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Fri 27 Dec 2019, 8:21 am

The Beast wrote:Not sure about this;

Hull KR recruitment 2021

Does the Chairman not like his 2020 squad?  Sends a strange message IMO, we've signed you but want better next year???
Suggests to me he doesn't trust Tony Smiths judgement.
This could end in tears

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Post by The Beast on Sat 28 Dec 2019, 12:24 pm

Smith's judgement or his own? Doesn't seem like a good way to sell tickets. A shame as it is IMO a solid squad certainly plenty of strike out wide and I think the ex-Bulls particularly Keyes, Mini & Storton will go well if given a decent run.

Agree on the shirt Luke, the blue and red is a smart combination.

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Post by Luke on Sun 29 Dec 2019, 9:27 pm

I think it's more a case of sorting everything out this year (apparently we are no where near the salary cap), with regards the new reserve, academy etc. And like I said, alot of players come off contract at the end of the season. So looking at the young players this season, sorting out a style to play. And then building next year.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Wed 08 Jan 2020, 8:13 pm

Luke wrote:I think it's more a case of sorting everything out this year (apparently we are no where near the salary cap), with regards the new reserve, academy etc. And like I said, alot of players come off contract at the end of the season. So looking at the young players this season, sorting out a style to play. And then building next year.
With the new players it will take at least 6 games to see where the team are going this year

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Post by Luke on Fri 17 Jan 2020, 6:01 am

As beast's thread says. Mose Masoe after suffering a spinal injury in Sunday's friendly defeat at Wakefield, has been forced to retire.
Best wishes to him and his family.
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Post by The Beast on Sun 19 Jan 2020, 9:41 am

Masoe is shocking terrible news, again best wishes to him. Thankfully he is at a quality club with people like Tony Smith who will be looking out for him.

I see you now also have Weller Hauraki out for some time. I will be interested in how the ex-Bulls players fare, they will certainly need to step up.

I think (in time) KR will also benefit from John Bastian being there, patience required but any talented juniors will be well coached and skills developed.

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Post by Luke on Sun 19 Jan 2020, 11:45 am

In a strange way the fact we bought in 6 can help them. As they already now each others game, and us a benefit to starting out. Personally I think Ryan and Minchella will be the 2 who break through this season.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sun 19 Jan 2020, 3:38 pm

Luke wrote:In a strange way the fact we bought in 6 can help them. As they already now each others game, and us a benefit to starting out. Personally I think Ryan and Minchella will be the 2 who break through this season.
Agreed

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Post by The Beast on Sat 01 Feb 2020, 9:07 am

Great start last night Luke 6 tries to 2. Pleased but not surprised to see that Matty Storton started at SR. IMO you have an uncut diamond. I saw his debut it was like Bateman's first game i.e. looked completed at home.

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Post by Luke on Sat 01 Feb 2020, 12:01 pm

Yes, an important win given our next 2 are away Hull & Leeds. From what I heard, typical first game of the season, scrappy and not great. But as we know it's the results at the moment that are important.
. Minchella came on from the bench as well. I still think other than Keyes (who along with Ellis I'm not sure why we signed them), the players we got from Bradford are decent and will be good.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sat 01 Feb 2020, 12:33 pm

Very good win for the Robins ans pleased for Tony Smith as i always liked him as a coach.

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Post by Luke on Sat 08 Feb 2020, 9:56 pm

Not a bad showing last night, but Hull FC had the power in the pack to overpower us. And fully deserved the win.
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Post by The Beast on Sun 09 Feb 2020, 3:36 pm

Luke wrote:Not a bad showing last night, but Hull FC had the power in the pack to overpower us. And fully deserved the win.

I saw the game which was excellent. I thought your guys put in an excellent shift and scored a great try. I do think Smith is right to be more expansive with the lack of size and experience in the forwards. Surprised to see Minchella as interchange hooker!, to be honest I was not overly impressed with Brierley in the halves.

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Post by Luke on Thu 13 Feb 2020, 12:45 pm

To be fair, Brierley was behind a beaten pack. But yeah don't think he was great. Once we get a few back, be interesting.
Biggish game this week against Leeds. Nice to continue our fairly good form at headingley recently.
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Post by Luke on Mon 17 Feb 2020, 2:22 am

Only seen the highlights on YouTube.
Defence was absolutely pathetic with Leeds scoring some very easy tries. Worrying but an expected 2 defeats.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Wed 19 Feb 2020, 12:45 pm

Luke wrote:Only seen the highlights on YouTube.
Defence was absolutely pathetic with Leeds scoring some very easy tries. Worrying but an expected 2 defeats.
I didn't see a defeat that big happening if I'm honest

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Post by The Beast on Sun 23 Feb 2020, 9:14 am

To be honest I think Friday night's home defeat to the Giants might be more telling than the Leeds loss. Hope I am wrong but it is looking like a long season without some replacement forwards asap.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sun 23 Feb 2020, 2:19 pm

The Beast wrote:To be honest I think Friday night's home defeat to the Giants might be more telling than the Leeds loss.  Hope I am wrong but it is looking like a long season without some replacement forwards asap.
I think you are right and i must confess i wasn't impressed with their preseason signings.
I wish them all the best and at this early stage i will predict its a 2 horse race with Toronto who will be relegated

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Post by Luke on Mon 24 Feb 2020, 5:49 pm

Agree, we've not improved our defence which has been poor for years. But because of the amount of signings our attack looks rubbish as well.
It's more the amount of signings, we didn't need to sign 4 HBS.
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Post by The Beast on Tue 25 Feb 2020, 4:37 pm

No Mulhearn this week (suspended), hopefully calls are being made to get someone in.......sharpish.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Fri 28 Feb 2020, 1:19 pm

Sadly after last night's defeat it look like its going to be a long season for the Robins

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Post by Luke on Fri 28 Feb 2020, 5:14 pm

It was disheartening just how easy cas made breaks and yards.
Effort was there, but need more than that if we're going to stay up.
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Post by The Beast on Sun 01 Mar 2020, 8:56 pm

Luke wrote:It was disheartening just how easy cas made breaks and yards.
Effort was there, but need more than that if we're going to stay up.

Yes, 2-3 experienced forwards ideally with some size/impact asap. Minchella at interchange hooker.......very strange

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Wed 04 Mar 2020, 7:16 am

The Beast wrote:
Luke wrote:It was disheartening just how easy cas made breaks and yards.
Effort was there, but need more than that if we're going to stay up.

Yes,  2-3 experienced forwards ideally with some size/impact asap.  Minchella at interchange hooker.......very strange
The more the season goes on it's clear that the Robins will need to beat Toronto home and away

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Post by Luke on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 5:48 pm

Well I'm getting to go tomorrow, expecting us to lose by at least 20, but it will be good to see them for the first time this season.
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Post by The Beast on Sun 08 Mar 2020, 10:32 am

Luke wrote:Well I'm getting to go tomorrow, expecting us to lose by at least 20, but it will be good to see them for the first time this season.

Hopefully at least a competitive game. Hope Ethan Ryan goes well.

If Toronto continue to play as they did against Leeds and you will have nothing to worry about, non-existent defence.

I would have liked to see the Bulls/Sheffield game today however the K.O. is 6:15pm which is a non-starter on the basis of work early tomorrow.

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Post by Luke on Sun 08 Mar 2020, 6:13 pm

Well despite the defeat, we played okay and put In a shift with alot of effort. Couple of cheap Wigan shots, that if been punished added with a couple of tries that were disallowed for debatable forward passes would have made it even more interesting.
But can't complain to much. Wigan more clinical, and in Finch is an absolute class player.

Ryan okay, didn't really get the ball, Minchella as starting hooker was abit of an eye opener. But as I said all the players put on a good effort.
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Post by The Beast on Sun 08 Mar 2020, 7:52 pm

Sounds like a excellent effort in the circumstances and yes there is talk of cannonball/late tackles. Flower I believe on report.

Tricky cup game v Leigh up next.

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Post by Luke on Mon 09 Mar 2020, 12:46 pm

It was a great shift, and the players can be proud of there efforts.
Sort of feel we need to win, if just to get a win and build confidence up. But Leigh will be up for it, so should be a good game.
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Post by The Beast on Sat 14 Mar 2020, 4:20 pm

Peteru signed up for the rest of the season. Has size and experience, are the fans "happy" with this Luke?

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Post by Luke on Sun 15 Mar 2020, 11:02 am

Yes, as in terms of its another body, and it's a win deal seeing as we've got him to the end of the season. So he's playing for a longer contract.

Setting off for today's game in a few minutes, despite only having a squad of 20, have a few back.
Think this could be a decent game, Leigh have a strong squad. And at this moment it is a very tight game to call
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Post by Luke on Mon 16 Mar 2020, 10:51 am

Well we got the win.

Thought we were the better side, Leigh had the smarter player's. When we stopped going side to side,and pointless offloads and straightened out our attack looked threatening, blew a number of one in ones. And defensively we were good.
Leigh looked okay, played the conditions and scoreline well. Just discipline let them down.
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Post by The Beast on Mon 16 Mar 2020, 6:28 pm

7 seconds. You have been on the wrong end of those, good news well played Leigh have a strong squad.

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