Kein­horst leads new re­cruits as Hull KR plan for 2019

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE - DAVE CRAVEN

HULL KR coach Tim Sheens spoke of his “re­lief ” af­ter the club se­cured their Su­per League place for 2019.

Yes­ter­day’s 30-0 win over Widnes Vik­ings en­sured they avoided the Mil­lion Pound Game.

“It is more a sense of re­lief,” ex­plained Sheens, with his side need­ing to win by 14 points or more to claim third place in the Qual­i­fiers.

“Joel Tomkins said he’s never ex­pe­ri­enced these Qual­i­fiers and he was say­ing how stress­ful they have been.

“You’re tak­ing about yours and the club’s liveli­hood.

“You can lose a Grand Fi­nal and not have as much stress as that. But with great sup­port we got through.

“We had our ups and downs but the fans’ en­ergy that was out there was al­ways wel­comed by the team.”

Thoughts will now turn to build­ing their squad for 2019 with Sheens con­firm­ing three sign­ings – Leeds Rhi­nos cen­tre Jimmy Kein­horst, Widnes se­cond-row Weller Hau­raki and Sal­ford Red Dev­ils for­ward Ryan Lan­non.

“We’ve got to con­tinue to build steadily next year,” he said.

“You’re not go­ing to go from zero to 100. All the good English play­ers are tied up so you are re­liant on your quota op­tions.

“It’s not like when I was back in Western Syd­ney and there’s mul­ti­ple ju­niors with thou­sands of kids play­ing.

“The play­ers will go away for a few days and then those con­ver­sa­tions will be­gin.

“We now know what our bud­get will be, we know who is on and off con­tract and what we’re do­ing there.”

The likes of Craig Hall and Todd Car­ney are off con­tract and plenty of oth­ers.

On the game, he added: “It was a good em­phatic win. It still had the heart go­ing with 15 min­utes to go, know­ing we were only tech­ni­cally 16 points ahead.

“We knew we’d won the match and had the home Mil­lion Pound Game but we didn’t want a re­peat of that.

“They kept us on my toes es­pe­cially with the early in­juries to Todd Car­ney but the for­wards re­ally laid a plat­form.

“And ev­ery­body stood up. No­body wanted to come off and they all whinged at me and that’s what you want to hear.”

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