JUSTIN MORGAN continues to do an outstanding job as head coach of Hull KR.
Since taking over at Craven Park at the end of 2005, Rovers have gone from strength to strength.
In his first season, Morgan helped the Robins gain promotion to Super League after their 29-16 National League I Grand Final triumph over Widnes and they are now firmly established as a top-flight force.
This year is obviously Morgan’s fourth in charge, and having guided Rovers to a club record fourth placed Super League finish in 2009, the 34-year-old is acknowledged as being one of the best coaches in the business.
HAVING lost his England full-back spot in the mid-season Test against France to Gareth Widdop, Shaun Briscoe may feel he has a point to prove.
The former Wigan No1 established himself as the nation’s top player in his position during a successful 2009 Gillette Four Nations campaign.
By his own admission, Briscoe knows his start to 2010 has not been the greatest, but he’s made it clear he’s determined to do something about that, and his form has been improving significantly in recent weeks on the back of his England ‘no call’.
Safe under the high ball and evasive with his running, the 27-year-old has all the skills required of a modern-day full-back.
AFTER an excellent 2009 campaign when Hull KR finished a club record fourth in Super League, the Robins have failed to reach those dizzy heights this time around.
But they are still looking a good bet to reach the play-offs once again.
Eighteen rounds into the season and Rovers are seventh in the table with nine wins – just one behind the Giants in sixth.
In those nine victories, however, they have secured some highly notable successes, with their 17-10 triumph at champions Leeds in March top of the tree.
But they’ve also copped a couple of hammerings, as well, with St Helens having given them a particularly rough time. The Robins have conceded over 130 points in their last two games against Saints!
And their recent record against the Giants is also not the greatest. This season Huddersfield have won 30-0 at Craven Park and 40-18 in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup.
Yet on the back of an excellent 42-6 home triumph over Harlequins on Sunday, the Robins won’t be lacking in confidence this weekend.
GIANTS: B Hodgson, Cudjoe, Lolesi, D Hodgson, Brown, Robinson, Lunt, Mason, Gilmour, Wild, Finnigan, Griffin, Drew, Lawrence, Faiumu, Grix, Patrick, Horne, Brough.
HULL KR: Briscoe, Fox, Welham, Mariano, Cockayne, Clinton, Dobson, Vella, Hodgson, Wheeldon, Newton, Galea, Ratu, Taylor, Watts, Cook, Fisher, Murrell, Lovegrove.
REFEREE: Phil Bentham.
VIDEO REFEREE: Richard Silverwood.