Super League: Hull KR boss Craig Sandercock feels players had to dig deep

Last Updated: 18/04/14 8:16am

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Lee Radford believes his team are showing signs of improvement after beating Hull FC 21-20.

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Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock praised his players for overcoming adversity to get the better of Hull FC in a see-saw derby at the KC Lightstream Stadium

The Robins recorded their fourth straight win in Super League as a late drop goal from Craig Hall clinched a 21-20 triumph over their city rivals.

Rovers led 10-4 and 20-10 on a night when the video referee was one of the hardest working people in the ground, with the home team having three potential scores ruled out.

"There were a few times when I thought we were going to be home, but Hull to their credit fought back."
Craig Sandercock

"I'm happy the boys dug so deep under some extreme adversity. That's a year's worth in one night," Sandercock said.

"I'd have to say yes (his best win), considering the amount of adversity. I don't want to comment but I was very disappointed at a myriad of decisions.

"Under those conditions, to win the game, the boys deserve a lot of praise for their performance. We had to win it all over again. There were a few times when I thought we were going to be home, but Hull to their credit fought back."

With a 20-16 lead Rovers sub James Green dropped the easiest of chances to score another try, giving the visitors the chance to get level again with a try from Fetuli Talanoa.

However Richard Whiting missed the extras from out wide and Hall made himself the hero with a one-pointer at the other end in the final minute.

"That was the fourth heart attack of the night for me," Sandercock said of the failed conversion attempt by Hull FC.

Frustrated

Opposite number Lee Radford was left frustrated after seeing his side fail to pick up even a point, maintaining their miserable run of form away from the KC Stadium this season.

"A derby loss is always tough to take, the scoreline is tough to take," he said.

"I might be wrong and the statistics might show I am wrong, but I felt they had more possession than us and we didn't make them work hard enough to come away from their end of the field. We felt like we were chasing and it happened too often.

"It got to 20-20 and we got back into it; we have had opportunities in cup games, play-offs games and massive games. We have to take them and we didn't.

"I'm frustrated for sure. It's an away game, a loss, a close game, a loss. It's evident. What do you do? We only keep doing what we're doing. I don't want to tear the teddy up but we have lost another close game. But if they're not stinging, I'm coaching the wrong group."

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