Sheens frustrated as Rovers let lead slip

Tim Sheens was left frustrated after Hull KR allowed a 14 point lead slip against Salford in the Challenge Cup on Friday.

Rovers looked set to shock their Super League opponents after opening up a 14-0 advantage, but the Red Devils fought back to secure their quarter-final place with a 24-14 victory.

“It was a good first half as we did some good things with the ball – in the second period we were on the back end of a poor penalty count, had a man down and we started to fall apart,” said Sheens.

“We showed that we could go with them but the tide turned. When the conditions changed it didn’t suit us.

“We were happy with the effort but we weren’t happy with elements of the second half.

“A good portion of their tries came from kicks. They didn’t run through us. They are a top-three side and we always knew it was going to be difficult.

“We knew they would come at us but we just couldn’t go with them. We were still within range at the end but poor decisions and options at crucial times make a difference.

“I’m never happy just going toe-to-toe and not getting the result in the end.

“If we controlled our football then we could have turned things on but we didn’t do that. I’m not disappointed with the effort though, we’ve competed well tonight.”

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