Craig Sandercock breathes sigh of relief after Hull KR edge Castleford

Last Updated: 26/03/13 8:33am

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Craig Sandercock: delighted his side have finally claimed the points in a close encounter

Craig Sandercock: delighted his side have finally claimed the points in a close encounter

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Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock was glad to finally see his side come through a close game as they held off Castleford 26-22.

Rovers went into the match having not won a match by six points or less since last July against Widnes and they were not far away from letting Sunday night's New Craven Park clash slip by them as well.

"It is a relief to win a close game," Sandercock said. "I don't think we have won a close game for a while.

"It is a relief to win a close game. I don't think we have won a close game for a while."
Craig Sandercock

"We seem to win really easily or let games slip away like we did against Bradford, but I'm very pleased."

Sandercock was also glad his first-choice half-backs Michael Dobson and Travis Burns were able to play, and also come through the game unscathed ahead of their Good Friday derby clash with Hull FC.

Tests

He added: "They were very close not to play. They had their fitness tests this afternoon because the pitch was covered in snow on Saturday, which prevented the fitness tests taking place then.

"They are our two key playmakers and I'd rather have them there than not. It wasn't a risk playing them as we gave them a thorough fitness test and they came through it.

"They are important parts of our plans and if there was any doubt they couldn't have got through the game, we wouldn't have played them.

"This was an important game as we needed the two points. If our two best players can come through a fitness test and get through okay then I'll play them every time."

Kicking

Tigers coach Ian Millward felt his side's kicking game had let them down as they lost for the sixth time in eight games so far this season, and he was also less than pleased with some of the officiating.

Hull KR 26-22 Castleford - Shenton

He said: "I was extremely disappointed with our kicking game. It was one of the worst kicking games I've seen in a long while.

"We put ourselves under a lot of pressure with the way we kicked today and I was surprised with how close the game was. I thought we were the better team in the first half.

"The 40/20 by (Rangi) Chase was a 40/20. But we can't rely on one good kick to make a kicking game. Chase got smashed off the ball in the first half. The same thing happened to Travis Burns in the second half but different decisions were made.

"We are not coming to places to play close games, we're coming to places to win and we're extremely disappointed to lose. I'm really confused because we are in a really bad state in rugby league at the moment because no coaches want to speak to referees."

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