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Sheens tells team to believe

31st March 2019, 17:43 by Daniel McCarthy

Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens says his side must retain confidence in their ability after a brave performance against St Helens.

Despite it registering as a third successive loss on Friday, KR rallied well after trailing 16-0 initially to go into the break 18-16 up thanks to two tries from Kane Linnett and a score by Will Oakes.

However, the extra quality on display from St Helens meant they eventually crossed the line to win the game 36-24 at the Totally Wicked Stadium and the loss leaves KR 10th in the Super League table after nine games this season.

Despite Saints missing some big players, Sheens says his team must take confidence from the fact they stayed in the game for the majority.

"We're not kidding ourselves, it wasn't a fully-fit St Helens side – and we just failed to take our chances. We created a lot more than we actually took, and executed the wrong option," Sheens told Hull KR TV.

"The three early tries were so soft, and went straight through us. I wasn't happy with it. The boys weren't either but when we got back into the game we realised we had ability and had confidence.

"It's important we don't break our confidence at this early stage. We had narrow losses at home to Salford and Catalans and then Huddersfield and this at Saints – you can lose your confidence quickly and play safe."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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