Keating: Robins’ half-back partnership crucial to play-off hopes

Hull Kingston Rovers half-back Kris Keating believes his partnership with stand-off Travis Burns will play a key role if the Robins, who now lie three points outside the top eight, are to make this season’s play-offs.

Hull KR take on St Helens at the KC Lightstream Stadium this Sunday, and they will be looking to deflate the Super League leaders.

Burns has been grabbing the headlines for the Rovers this season, and has been leading the Albert Goldthorpe Medal table, but Keating is happy to continue quietly going about his business.

“Sandy (Craig Sandercock) got me over here to run the side around and control the team, that’s my job, and I’ll keep on doing whatever’s best for the team,” Keating told this week’s League Express.

“My partnership with Travis is improving all the time. Travis plays his best footy when he doesn’t have to do the organisational aspects of our game.

“He is one of those guys you don’t want to be playing against and that you want in your side – he’s a real competitor.”

Keating recognises that the Robins have suffered several shortcomings this season.

“We’ve got a quality side but we just can’t hold onto the ball enough,” said Keating.

‚”Discipline has also been an issue, and we’ve not had a penalty count go our way since round four. We’ve got to get all these small things right and keep working for each other in training and in games, and eventually things will start to turn.

“It’s been tough with the injuries we’ve had, but we’re getting some blokes back out onto the training field now, which is a good sign for us.”

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