Sheens disappointed as Rovers lose late at Leeds

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Head coach Tim Sheens couldn’t contain his frustration as two late tries from defending Betfred Super League champions Leeds Rhinos saw off Hull KR 20-11 at Elland Road.

It was a much improved performance from Rovers and they led 10-0 midway through the first half following tries from Ryan Shaw and Adam Quinlan, but the Rhinos hit back late in the period to tie the game at the break before repeating the feat in the final 10 minutes to claim the two points.

Although encouraged by the performance of his squad, Sheens was left frustrated by one or two controversial decisions in the latter stages – but heaped praise on his team for their development.

“After the game I complimented the side on how far we’d come from last season, let alone last week,” Sheens said.

“I was very proud of their efforts out there, in tough conditions. I thought our defence was pretty good, but we had a couple of rough calls and one disgraceful one. Chris Clarkson was obstructed for their third try but it didn’t go to the screen and then Ryan Shaw’s try gets sent up and they come up with a no-try ruling for obstruction.

“It was Chris Clarkson involved again as he went through as the runner before the kick goes through. For me, if one’s an obstruction then so is the other. The ref sent Shawy’s up to have a look at the grounding I think, but the video came back with that.

“It’s tough but it’s the way it goes sometimes. We’ll raise it with the RFL but we can’t do anything about it now. We have to cop it on the chin and move on because there was a lot of good things we can take from that.

“Our short kicking game was outstanding and we kept building pressure, but we just couldn’t put Leeds away. In the second half after we went a point in front, we had a chance to kill the game but we didn’t take it. Credit to Leeds, they’ve got some outstanding athletes and outstanding individual players and they hit back at us, but it was a whole lot better from us.

“I was happy that we played with just one interchange in the first half, and that was losing Heffernan, so I’m confident that we’re a fit and strong side, but ultimately their class just got them over the line.

“We kicked really well, and it was the reverse of last week. We had no ball early last week, but this week our kicking game was much better. I brought Chris in for his kicking game, and I thought he did well. Danny and Chris both picked up knocks which hampered them a bit towards the end.

“We need to work on the combination more, but he (Chris) took to it well tonight and I think we’ll be better across the board next week.”