Chester delighted with response


Published: Thursday 7th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull KR coach Chris Chester was delighted with his side’s response to their 60-0 humiliation at Wigan as they trounced bottom club Wakefield 54-6 at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

Rovers were unrecognisable from the team that suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as they put the struggling Wildcats to the sword with a 10-try romp to record their biggest win.

“We did a lot of soul-searching during the early part of the week,” Chester said. “We wanted to put a few wrongs right and we did that.

“We’ve not played here for over a month and it’s really pleasing that we got a win for the fans.

“I thought we defended a lot better but there is still a lot to improve on. They broke our line a couple of times and we struggled with their offloads.

“I’ve got to credit my boys. The worked hard during the week and they worked hard out there tonight. I was pleased with the effort, although we looked a little nervous in the first half.”

Goalkicking winger Josh Mantellato, Super League’s leading scorer, came up with a 22-point haul on his return to the side while Rovers were also indebted to skipper Terry Campese, who was typically influential on his return from injury and was named man of the match.

Mantellato, who missed the Wigan hammering after being given permission to return to Australia to be best man at his brother’s wedding, scored two tries and kicked seven goals from nine attempts.

“It was a tough ask for Josh, who got off plane late on Sunday night and only a team run on Wednesday,” Chester said. “He carried the ball really strong, we missed him last week.

“We also missed Terry. He’s the leader of this club and an important part of this team. When Terry plays well, the team generally plays well.”

Winger Kieran Dixon also scored two tries while Ken Sio proved a revelation at full-back after switching from the wing when Ben Cockayne was forced off with concussion.

“I knew K en could play there,” Chester said. “He has wanted to play there for the last four or five weeks.

“He’s a real threat with the ball, he had a really good game at full-back.”

Wakefield trailed only 8-6 when centre Joe Arundel scored a 24th-minute try but coach James Webster was left once more bemoaning a fragile defence that has conceded 40 points in each of their last eight matches.

“For parts of the game we competed all right, in other parts we were absolutely miles off,” Webster said. “We create lots of chances and don’t come up with much from them.

“We gave away 22 points through kicks which makes it even harder for us.

“We were in that game for a while, we just didn’t come up with a good enough defensive effort for long enough. It’s been a 10-week problem – if teams hang in there long enough against us, we leak points.”

Wakefield had Australian Scott Anderson making an impressive return from a lengthy lay-off with knee injury but they lost second rower Ali Lauitiiti after he failed a last-minute fitness test on a hamstring injury and still have a host of regulars on the sidelines.

“On the plus side, I though Scott Anderson was outstanding for us,” Webster added. “I just prey that we can get Mickey Paea, Ali Lauitiiti, Matty Ashurst and Ian Kirke back on the pitch for us because we can’t complete unless we are at full strength.”

Published: Thursday 7th May 2015 by The News Editor

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