We know pack will hold key
HIGHLY-RATED half-back Scott Murrell insists Hull KR will be fully charged for Sunday's trip to Huddersfield (3.00) despite the physical pounding they took in the 14-9 defeat of Wakefield on Saturday.
Murrell, who scored Rovers' first try in Super League to open the scoring, admitted the Wildcats had given the home forwards a test of character.
The Robins know it will be even tougher against a Giants pack that has bulked up during the winter.
But Murrell is confident the middle men will be ready.
"It was a physical battle against Wakefield, but our forwards matched them with a very powerful display," said Murrell.
"We had to defend for long periods, but that won't take much out of us for this weekend's game.
"We'll freshen up and we'll be ready.
"During pre-season we put in a lot of hard fitness work under our assistant coach Mark Barnes, and that's going to stand us in good stead.
"And I also think (head coach) Justin Morgan and Barnsey deserve a lot of credit for the work they have done on our defence in pre-season and that paid off against Wakefield.
"Barnsey thinks he's a bit of a tough nut but he has developed the structure and made us tighter in defence.
"Because the game is much faster we need to get our line speed up more and also the contact because it's a lot more physical."
Murrell's opening try was one of the few occasions when the Robins managed to break down the tough Wakefield defence.
The stand-off appeared on the left wing to claim the try in front of a frenzied Craven Park crowd, and admitted it was a moment he would never forget.
"I was over the moon. It was an honour for me to score Rovers' first ever Super League try," added Murrell.
"Scoring the try is right up there with winning the Grand Final last year.
"Both are high points, and hopefully there are quite a few more to come.
"It didn't matter to me who scored as long as we got the win because it means so much to the fans who came to watch."
Even though the Robins were full value for their win over Wakefield, they do remain the relegation favourites.
Their price has eased from 4-6 to 5-6 to finish bottom of the Super League ladder, with bookmakers William Hill viewing the Wildcats at 15-8 as their only serious rivals.
Catalans come in at 9-1, with the Giants and Harlequins at 12-1 and Salford at 40-1.