Quins RL will meet Hull Kingston Rovers at New Craven Park this Sunday afternoon, with the Super League new boys in buoyant form despite all pre-season predictions that they would struggle to take the step up from National League One. Opening home and away wins against Wakefield and Huddersfield have repaid the faith of the Robins faithful and convinced them that they can retain their spot in Super League against the odds.
Quins RL will be quietly confident, going into round three they lie one place behind Hull KR with a win and a draw under their belt and a side in which the new creative options signed during the break are starting to gel. New signing Richard Villasanti is also named in the 20 man squad and may be on course for his debut as is winger Andy Smith.
Hull KR have some very useful players amongst their ranks; winger Byron Ford is a quality finisher, big centre Gareth Morton can be relied upon to keep the scoreboard ticking over with his goal kicking, whilst James Webster is the crafty scrum-half around which the side pivots. In the forwards Hull KR have some top class experience in Michael Vella, a representative player for the Kangaroos and New South Wales State of Origin, former Lions test prop Danny Ward and Kiwi forward Michael Smith. Former Wests Tigers skipper Mark O'Neill is also included in the squad, for what will be his first Super League appearance for the club following his move from Leeds Rhinos.
A pre-season friendly between the two clubs in late January saw Quins RL run out winners 24 points to 18, but tomorrow’s encounter promises to but that game is unlikely to be any guide to what promises to be a tough away encounter for the Quins.