Hull KR injury news: Willie Peters confirms double blow in Leigh Leopards defeat

Drew Darbyshire
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Hull KR head coach Willie Peters

Hull KR coach Willie Peters confirmed injuries to key forward Elliot Minchella and winger Fouad Yaha in their 34-4 defeat at Leigh Leopards.

The Robins were down 22-0 at half-time, with Leigh’s first half tries coming from Tom Briscoe, Edwin Ipape, Ed Chamberlain and Josh Charnley.

The Leopards extended their lead thanks to Ricky Leutele and Robbie Mulhern in the second half before Hull KR half-back Mikey Lewis scored a consolation try late on.

It was the Leopards who came out on top, securing their 10th win in 11 matches to go second in the Super League table.

And speaking after the game, Peters confirmed a double injury blow for his side.

“Fouad has got a hamstring and Mini couldn’t move his shoulder,” Peters said.

“Mini had no strength in his shoulder so we got him off at half-time and then it snowballed because we only had three subs and three changes in that second half.

“I thought some guys stood up in the second half even though the scoreline went away but some players played long minutes and hung in there.”

Hull KR duo doubtful for derby but Ethan Ryan could return

Peters says the duo are both doubtful for next Sunday’s Hull derby, but the Robins could have Ireland international winger Ethan Ryan back amongst their ranks.

He added: “I’d say Fouad would definitely be out with a hamstring and Mini we need to have a look at. He said that he was doing his best but he just couldn’t play on so we’ll see how he goes.

“Possibly Ethan Ryan (back) and that’s pretty much it.

“That performance was nowhere near our standard and nowhere near where we need to be but we need to crack on because if we get too far down and get in a hole then we need to get out of it so we need to be honest with each other and move on pretty quickly from that game because that (positive) start (we talk about) will certainly help us in the derby.”

Willie Peters: Everything was off

Peters, whose side sit seventh in the Super League table, says they were beaten in every area whilst giving praise to the impressive Leopards.

He said: “I think everything was off, discipline was off, every area of our game was off tonight. I’m not going to shy away from that.

“When you start off with a kick out on the full and with a 10 minutes (sin bin), we were pretty much well behind on the kick-off, there’s no doubt about that.

“I thought when we got back to 16-0 there was a period when we put some sets together but we were chasing our tails pretty much.

“We lost the ruck, they beat us in every area of the game tonight.

“Leigh have been good all year, there’s no doubt about that and they were good tonight. They’ve got a good thing going here and the crowd get behind them.

“They are a good, quality team but we didn’t help ourselves tonight and they took full advantage of that.”

Next up for Hull KR is a derby clash with Hull FC at Craven Park next Sunday, 12pm kick-off.

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