Hull KR to take inspiration from Castleford Tigers

Hull Kingston Rovers coach Chris Chester wants his side to emulate Castleford Tigers next season by combining hard work with free-flowing rugby.

The Robins finished ninth in Super League this season – a feat that can’t be replicated in 2015 with relegation from the middle eight a genuine threat.

“Castleford weren’t a team of stars last year, they were a good side made up of hard-working players with good attitudes and they showed what can be done,” Chester said.

“We’ve said throughout our recruitment that we’ve done our homework on all of the players and how they conduct themselves off the field and their attitude to the club was just as important as what they do on the pitch.

“We want players who will work hard for each other and for the shirt, but we’ve also added some speed and some different options in the backs.

“Albert and Maurice in particular love to play off-the-cuff and that’s something we will be factoring into our plans for next season. We’ll still need to play with some structure at times but one of our strengths could be their ability to just play what’s in front of them.

“If we get it right, it can add a surprise element to our game but we can only do it on the back of a strong foundation of working hard and defending well.”