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Super League: Hull KR coach praises easy win at Wakefield
Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock heaped praise on his side for beating Wakefield so convincingly despite missing a host of players and being heavily penalised in the match.
Rovers were without the likes of Dave Hodgson, Craig Hall, Sean Gleeson, Jonny Walker, Jamie Langley and Justin Poore but they refused to let that affect them as they ran out 44-6 victors at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
"Today was another small step in the right direction," Sandercock said. "It's pleasing because we were missing so many key players and we were caned 8-3 in the penalty count.
"I don't want to complain too much about that. I'll sit down and have a look at why we were penalised so much. When you lose the penalty count by so much, usually it's a closer scoreline."
Rovers came within two minutes of recording back-to-back shut-outs for the first time in Super League, only for Pita Godinet to score a late converted try for the Wildcats.
Sandercock admits he was disappointed not to keep Wakefield out, but could have few complaints about the final scoreline.
"If someone had told me it would be 44-6 at full-time I would have taken that," he said. "I can't be too critical but I was very disappointed to have conceded that late try.
"It would have been great but it didn't happen."
Hull KR had the points all but sewn up by half-time as they established a 22-0 lead, and Wakefield coach Richard Agar was far from impressed by his side's response in the second period.
He also accused his team of producing a performance that "lacked skill, effort and desire".
"What we served up there was terribly short of what we need to do," Agar said. "Some of the defence in the second half showed that we lacked effort.
"I thought that some of the tries in the second half made it look like we had waved the white flag. I don't think we were beaten by quality rugby.
"It's brought up a few questions as to why we would have a performance that lacked skill, effort and desire.
"We had so many blokes not wanting to work hard for each other. We will look at why our commitment and skills were so low."
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First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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