Hull KR stand-off Terry Campese says the Robins have to go on a streak and win their next four matches in a row to push them into finals contention.
Hull KR’s derby loss at Magic Weekend has kept them down in the bottom four of the competition. The Robins have three straight home games, against Castleford, Widnes and Warrington, and then face Huddersfield away at the start of July.
Campese believes Hull KR have to turn their season around starting with this Friday against the Tigers.
“We’ve got a big month of footy ahead,” he said.
“Four home games and the Challenge Cup in there so we pretty much have to win all those to get back up there and compete for this top eight.”
Campese hailed the Magic Weekend’s first time at St James Park in the north-east.
“I love it,” he said.
“The concept’s great. Bringing it to Newcastle, a predominantly football town, I think it was a good experience for them and it was good to see a massive crowd. It would have been nice to get the two points and get our crowd into the swing of things but we have to go back to the drawing board and have a big game on Friday against Cas.”
Campese praised Hull FC’s performance and lamented his team’s defensive display, with the Airlie Birds crossing for eight tries. Hull KR came back into the game early in the second half with a two-try brace but Hull FC responded quickly to close out the match.
“They were just too good for us today,” the 30-year old said.
“We were down on a few troops and they were at full strength but that’s no excuse. We talked about that going into the game but we just couldn’t handle them defensively. We almost scored too when we were down by 14. If we could have crossed the line then it’s a completely different game but to their credit they held us out and went up the other end and scored which pretty much put us to bed.”
All of the reaction Hull Kingston Rovers’ derby defeat is in this week’s League Express, in stores now.