Tim Sheens admits Hull KR are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel after securing a fourth straight win in the Qualifiers.
Rovers edged closer to Super League safety following Saturday’s 30-18 victory over London Broncos at KCOM Craven Park.
Two ties remain for the Robins to confirm their top-flight place for 2019, starting with this weekend’s trip to Toulouse Olympique before welcoming Widnes Vikings to east Hull in the final middle 8s match.
Sheens was delighted with his side’s ability to handle the pressure on his side after London’s fightback.
“It’s two games to go as far as we’re concerned. They can see the end of it now. It has been a very, very tough campaign,” Sheens told the Mail. “It was a great effort from London. Toulouse have to win, we want to win and we go there with a great opportunity.
“It’s a fourth win in a row but each game has had its moments. It’s been a tough series. The numbers that have dropped out for injury and some for the season, it was a very good and important win for us.”
Rovers were without Danny McGuire and Maurice Blair, with a scare over the club’s half-back revealed post-match.
KR feared McGuire had suffered a recurrence of a blood clot injury which had troubled him earlier in the year, after pain from his groin spread to his calf. Blair is not expected to play again this season after sustaining a groin injury in training last week.
“We worried it was a clot again with Danny because he felt it in his groin and calf but the scan cleared him on Friday. We think it’s a low-grade strain which means he should be OK for next week,” Sheens revealed.
“Bobby Blair jumped for a ball in training and tore a grade two groin injury which will see him miss the next two. They are major changes for our side and particularly Bobby for how he can move around the team. All the players out are starting 13/14, they’re not shabby players. It’s a credit to the boys who filled in.”
Mose Masoe (concussion) and McGuire should return for Saturday’s French jaunt, but there is a doubt over Ben Crooks over a head assessment. Todd Carney and Liam Salter will also be assessed after picking up knocks but both are likely to feature against Toulouse.
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