Hull KR prop Michael Weyman has challenged his team-mates to step up and fill the boots of former State of Origin front-rower Justin Poore, who broke his knee cap last week and will miss the remainder of the season.
Poore was helped off the field in the first quarter of the Robins’ loss to Catalan Dragons on Easter Monday after clashing knees with Olivier Elima.
“Justin is a huge loss to our team and he’ll be missed around the place,” Weyman told the Hull Daily Mail.
“Whoever fills Justin’s shoes, I’m sure will be more than capable. He’s been unlucky with the time he’s had to sit out, but we’ll get on with it and it’s part and parcel of our game.
“Thankfully, we have strength in depth in our squad and there’s a few boys knocking on the door. I’m sure we’ll recover well.
“We’ll also have Adam and Jonny Walker back in a few weeks, which will be a massive boost for us. I don’t feel any more responsibility as such, but I know I’ll have to perform my best week in week out, and hopefully the Easter break has given me and the boys the chance to freshen up.
“It’s been an emotionally and physically draining few weeks. To be away from the family for a long time and spend Easter without them is hard, especially when you have blokes running at you twice in four days.
“We had a very tough derby game and had to back it up in France. It wasn’t easy, but we gave it our all in France.
“At the end of the day, our mistakes let us down, and that came down to a bit of fatigue. We are working hard this week in training to make sure we get it right.
“It was important we clinched the one win from the Easter period, and we’ll look to get back on the front foot on Sunday.”