Webster benefitting from current KR challenge ahead of Wakefield return

Hull KR interim coach James Webster believes tough experiences as head coach at Wakefield Wildcats and his current role have only aided his development.

The 36-year-old won nine from 26 games whilst in charge of the Wildcats last season, with a similar winning ratio this season with four wins from 12 with the Robins.

But Webster said he has not allowed such statistics to deter his focus, and remains firmly fixed on his ambitions as a coach.

“The experience in any job always helps whether that be a player of a coach and this job and the Wakefield job has given me plenty of adversity and plenty of things to think about,” he told TotalRL.

“It hasn’t always gone swimmingly for me as a coach but every day I still enjoyed coming to work and learning and looking forward to what the job will throw at you.”

Hull KR pay Webster’s former side, Wakefield, a visit on Thursday night, a club former Hull KR chief Chris Chester has revelled in following their form.

After succeeding Chester earlier this season, he said he is overjoyed to see his former Hull KR teammate leading the club to success and admitted he still has an affinity for the Wildcats.

“He’s a good bloke and I was really happy for him when he got the job at Wakefield and he’s done a really good job as a club they’ve really come on in the last few months.

“I probably expect that to come on for the rest of the year and you always like to see clubs that you’ve been at do well and that’s the case with Wakefield.

“I know all the staff there and the people who work in the offices and half the players are still there I had and you get to look after those people and follow how they do and that’s always going to be the case.”

Moving forward from last week’s 34-16 defeat in Perpignan last weekend, the Robins will be looking to return to winning ways after losing at Magic Weekend the previous round.

Webster admitted the key to picking up a result on Thursday is to maintain pressure for longer, and added they are not worrying about the points they need for the top eight until the season reaches its final stages.

“We need a certain amount of wins to qualify and we’ll worry about that when it comes, this is the first opportunity for us to try and pick up some points and we’re looking forward to it,” he added.

“I expect us to go out harder again, we need to keep up pressure for longer and that was probably our Achilles heel against Catalans and we had all the ball in the right places.

“We need to improve in that area and if we can I’m sure we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”