Gardner targets derby clean sweep for Hull KR

Hull KR winger Ade Gardner is determine to help his team to a third victory over Hull FC this season on Friday evening at the KC Stadium.

The veteran threequarter has been an integral part of the Rovers back line this season, after moving from St Helens on loan.

“It’s always more special winning a derby on the opposition’s ground,” Gardner told the Hull Daily Mail.

“At Saints, we won our fair share of derbies at Wigan and it’s good to quieten the big partisan crowds.

“You’re always a little more smug afterwards.

“It would be brilliant to go out with three wins from three this season.

“No team has won all the derbies in one season so it would be nice to be a part of the history of this club.

“Hopefully, we can end up in the top eight as a result.

“It would be even nicer to score the winning try. We might see the old fist pump again.”

But Gardner is not expecting an easy ride, with the Airlie Birds still having plenty of pride to play for.

“FC have been a rollercoaster team, like we have this season,” he said.

“There is more riding on this game for us because it can help us reach the play-offs.

“A derby is a derby and whoever brings the most intensity will win.

Joe Westerman has played well for them this year and their half-backs are clicking now with Richard Horne getting back to his best form before he retires.

“It will be a special night for him as it will be his final derby.

“We are going to have to be on it for the full 80 minutes.”

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