Beaten Robins lose key man Lunt with se­ri­ous knee in­jury

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

WAR­RING­TON WOLVES 40

HULL KINGSTON ROVERS 26

SU­PER LEAGUE

HULL KR were rocked by the news cap­tain Shaun Lunt rup­tured knee lig­a­ments in­side two min­utes of their dfeat at War­ring­ton on Satur­day – and he could face up to three months on the side­lines.

Robins coach Tim Sheens con­firmed the bad news, say­ing: “Shaun has rup­tured knee lig­a­ments and clin­i­cally it’s three months which is the ini­tial di­ag­no­sis but he will go for a scan to­day.

“To­gether with Danny McGuire he has made such a dif­fer­ence at the club and to the team with his gen­eral play so it’s a ma­jor blow for us.

“We got our­selves back into the game in the sec­ond half but the last 15 min­utes of the first half was where the dam­age was done.

“We started strongly and los­ing Shaun didn’t help and we lost our di­rec­tion a lit­tle and ended up do­ing too much tack­ling.”

The Hull KR boss was dis­ap­pointed with the decision at the end of the first half when War­ring­ton claimed their fourth try in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stanc- es, as Taioalo Vaivai ap­peared to ground a Ty­rone Roberts kick be­fore Jack Hughes touched down for his sec­ond try. Af­ter con­sult­ing with his touch judge, ref­eree Jack Smith awarded the try to give the Wolves a com­mand­ing lead.

“I have a pic­ture of Vaivai putting his hand on the ball and ground­ing it but three of­fi­cials miss it so I was very dis­ap­pointed with that decision,” Sheens said. “At the end of the day it made it that much harder for us.

“At the end of the day there’s con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sions ev­ery week for ev­ery team so it is what it is and you live with those things, it doesn’t bring the points back. But if you are go­ing to have in-goal judges they need to be there for a rea­son. We just didn’t have enough troops as we were busted or the en­ergy for the last 15 min­utes of the game.”

SHAUN LUNT: Robins hooker suf­fered a se­ri­ous knee in­jury which will keep him out for months.

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