Chester to consider changes after poor performances

Chris Chester was ‘unimpressed’ by his Hull Kingston Rovers side despite beating Halifax 34-12.

The Robins, who eventually ran out comfortable winners, looked uncomfortable as Fax battled back to both 10-6 and 22-12 before two late tries added gloss to the score line, with Josh Mantellato scoring a hat-trick.

However, the performance did little to appease Chester, who admitted he might have to change his rotation plans with the Challenge Cup final looming.

“Halifax are a good side and made us look silly at times,” Chester said. “Ten minutes into the second half, I was worried about the score line, but credit to my boys for turning it around.”

Josh Mantellato scored a hat-trick as Hull KR defeated Halifax

When asked about wrapping players in cotton wool ahead of the showpiece against Leeds Rhinos at Wembley, the Hull KR head coach replied: “That was the plan but after some poor individual performances I think I might have to change that. Some individuals’ performances weren’t acceptable. We’ve got a big carrot in two weeks and there are lots of spots up for grabs. They’ve got an opportunity to put a few wrongs right next week.”

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