Sheens stays focused on “bigger goals”

Hull KR boss Tim Sheens says he’s happy to have secured top spot in the Championship, but he has urged his players to stay focused on their “bigger goals”.

Rovers recorded a 40-22 victory over London Broncos on Sunday, but Sheens has called on his team to keep improving heading into The Qualifiers.

“I’m very happy with the win and the first sixty minutes or so from us – we played with good intensity and scored some nice tries, but I’m the same every week in that there’s always something to work on,” he told the club’s official website.

“We’ve got first place secured now but it’s only a small tick in the box, that’s all. It’s top in the Championship, but we’ve got bigger goals come the end of the season.

“As the chairman has just said in the changing room, it’s better us than someone else, but our aims are bigger.

“We started really well today and London helped us with that with where they are in the league and winning ten in a row.

“It really brought the level of intensity up in us, and I didn’t have to find a gimmick to get the guys up. They were ready to play and right from the warm up they were switched on and ready to go.

“It’s how we should have been playing every week this year, but it’s hard to get the guys up to those levels every week. Securing top spot with three games left presents its own problems now because we’ve got to keep focused.

“We defended very well today but fell away towards the end when the game was one. That’s something we need to look at because we can’t afford to drop out over these next few weeks.

“We want to go into the Middle 8s in form and winning games, and that’s the challenge.”

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