But Long will demand improvement on Thursday. He said: “We were a bit scrappy.
“We started well and had a lot of ball, but our execution let us down.”
Whitehaven coach Dave Woods said: “We’re desperate for a bonus point as a minimum this week.
“If we’re to have any chance of trying to make the play-offs we need a bonus point on Thursday and then to get a win next week.”
On Rovers, Woods said: “We know they’re a good, tough side. They’ve a strong pack, plenty of experience out wide and some really smart halves.”