CRAIG SANDERCOCK is now getting to grips with Super League.
The former economics teacher has a good pedigree, learning his trade under Des Hasler at current NRL champions Manly Sea Eagles, and then moving on to be assistant at Newcastle.
Sandercock has a hard act to follow, with predecessor Justin Morgan held as a cult figure at the club after leading them from the National League into a top-flight force.
His remit this year is simple, to guide Hull KR into the play-offs for the fourth year on then trot and, based on current form, they look on the way to doing that if they can maintain their current level of consistency.
AVENGING March’s defeat will be a top priority for Nathan Brown’s men as they look to get back to winning ways against Hull KR in their first Monday night game.
On that day, the red and whites were in red-hot form, with their general Michael Dobson playing a typical pivotal role for his side as they secured a 40-20 triumph.
And recent form suggests that Rovers will be even more dangerous this time around.
They enter this game on the back of three massive wins in their own right, the first of which came at home to Castleford, where they ripped the Tigers to shreds to win 70-12.
The most important win to the fans came next as they beat city rivals FC at the Magic Weekend in extraordinary circumstances, through former Giant David Hodgson’s superb last-gasp winner.
But last week when they met Warrington it proved to be the biggest shock as they came back from two 16-point deficits, to sneak a 23-22 win with a late drop goal from that man Dobson.
With Huddersfield coming into the game on the back of four straight Super League defeats, they could not have been coming up against a team more in form.
So they will definitely have to be on their guard if they are going to put memories of a miserable May to the back of their minds.
MICHAEL DOBSON remains key to the Rovers’ play-off hopes.
The former Canberra Raider is one of the best half-backs in Super League, with his controlled passing and kicking game so difficult to deal with.
If the 2010 Super League Dream Team member is given time on the ball and space to play in his teammates, the Giants will have a tough time defending their line as they did at Craven Park in March, where Dobson wreaked havoc against Huddersfield.
Giants: Lawrence, Cudjoe, Gilmour, Brown, Brough, Crabtree, Robinson, Mason, Fa’alogo, Faiumu, Patrick, Ferguson, Chan, Lee, George, Murphy, Cording, Eden, Moore.
Hull KR: McDonnell, Hall, Galea, Horne, Withers, O’Hara, Webster, Clinton, Taylor, Lovegrove, J Hodgson, Paea, Latus, Murrell, Dobson, D Hodgson, Mika, Welham, Netherton.