Chester keen to reward Hull KR fans at Magic Weekend

Hull KR coach Chris Chester has hailed the Robins fans, and hopes that he and his players can reward them for their support with a win over Hull FC this weekend.

The Robins tangle with the Airlie Birds on Saturday afternoon at St James’ Park, and Chester is anticipating more passionate support for his men in Newcastle.

“The fans have been great all year,” he told Love Rugby League.

“We just need to reward them with a performance this weekend.

“We’ve made some big steps forward in terms of our defensive attitude over the last few weeks.

“It was a big effort against Wigan, and another courageous effort against Leeds, where for forty minutes we were the better team.

“We’re looking forward to this game, the boys are really pumped. It’s an important game not just for the players but for the whole club.”

Rovers have one of the best records when it comes to wins at Magic Weekend, though they have featured in games with their fair share of controversy in recent seasons.

Chester is hoping that this year there will be no refereeing decisions which help to shape the outcome of the contest.

“Hopefully this year there’ll be no controversy,” he smiled.

“I think there was a sending-off last year, there was the offside the year before, forward passes the year before that.

“But we’re looking forward to it. The boys are really excited about coming to a new venue, and it’s going to be packed out on Saturday night.

“It’s going to be a great atmosphere.”

Rovers have endured a torrid time when it comes to injuries this season, as well as players like Mick Weyman retiring, and Ryan Bailey leaving the club after one game.

The squad has responded well to adversity, however, and Chester is pleased that the pre-season shake-up that took place at the club is showing results.

“We made a lot of changes during preseason,” he explained.

“I thought we needed to, to freshen the club up and freshen the staff up.

“It took us a bit of time to bed in, but I think in the last three or four weeks, we’ve really shown what we’re about.

“There’s been lots of heart, lots of courage, plenty of desire. We’re a good rugby league side who like to excite people, and that won’t change this week.

“There’ll be more of the same, and we’ll take a lot of confidence out of the last two or three weeks.”

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