Written by Zack Wilson
Photo by Photo Hull KR
Hull Kingston Rovers have shown so far this season that a familiar problem still haunts them: they surrender winning positions far too often.
The Robins won the opening game against Hull FC thanks to a dramatic late try from Jimmy Keinhorst, but not before they had almost surrendered what looked to be a winning lead.
They beat London Broncos in the second game of the season, but, again, the overall performance was patchy and inconsistent which caused some unnecessary stress for the club’s coaching staff.
The situation was epitomised, though, at the weekend in the home defeat to Salford Red Devils.
The Robins managed to surrender a 14-point lead to end up losing by two points.
This is not a new problem for the Rovers. Last season they were winning 19-0 in Toulouse, only to end up losing 34-23.
Last April, Rovers were beaten 18-20 at home by Leeds Rhinos, who managed to haul themselves to victory after being eight points down.
Later in the season, against the execrable Widnes Vikings team of 2018, Rovers almost surrendered a lead at the Halton Stadium, only to cling on to win by two points.
There have been numerous other examples over the last couple of seasons too. Every supporter will have their own personal memory of something similar.
It has caused the Robins problems when it comes to improving as a team. If they want to match the ambition of their owner, they need to sort the issue as soon as possible.
The issue seems to be finding consistency within games. Rovers have no problems putting together periods of play where they look like they can beat almost anyone.
But too often they put themselves into a winning position only to throw it away.
Good sides manage to maintain high standards throughout games, as well as from game to game.
Rovers’ next game is away at in-form Castleford Tigers on Friday evening.
If there is not some significant improvement in the mindset and consistency of the team, they could be put to the sword by the West Yorkshire side.