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Wane: ‘Hull KR loss a kick in the backside’

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Shaun Wane refused to seek excuses - or rip into his players - after a shock 24-8 defeat at Hull KR.

A week which began with the bombshell news he would be departing ended with a loss that ended an eight-game winning streak, and kept them trailing leaders St Helens by four points.

While Wane was disappointed with their inept performance, he kept the result - against a club who had been bottom of the ladder - in perspective.

“It’s been a tough week but I don’t that to take it off Hull KR, they were worthy of the two points, no excuses,” said Wane, who had previously seen his side suffer defeats at St Helens and Warrington this season.

“We were off, definitely. They were up for it, and good luck to Hull KR, they were the better team.

“They had a dig but they didn’t have much to beat.

“We had a good start but went away from what worked for us.

“But this is our first kick in the backside this year. The players have been good this year, so I didn’t say too much to them. We’ll come back.”

Wane was frustrated with the way Ben Thaler policed the ruck, saying it was not as head of referees Steve Ganson had explained to them, but refused to use it as an excuse.

“Time and again we couldn’t get a momentum play-the-ball,” he said.

“But I don’t want to take anything away from them. I’m not blaming the referee, we need to be better as players and staff.”

He also had no issue with Thaler’s decision to sinbin Joel Tomkins late-on for dissent.

Wane hopes a knee injury suffered by Liam Forsyth - in his first game this year - does not prove serious.

He expects Oliver Gildart (sickness), Thomas Leuluai (arm), Dan Sarginson (hamstring) and Sean O’Loughlin (calf) to be in contention for next Saturday’s Challenge Cup tie with Warrington.

The win lifted Hull KR off the bottom of the table and coach Tim Sheens said: “These are the games you remember. It was our best effort this year.

“Having played Wigan two weeks ago we felt we could have won it had we taken our chances - we really focused on defending the middle, and we did that well.”

He revealed powerhouse winger Justin Carney played until the end with a broken hand.