Hull KR's defence faces a trial by fire that is still under observation


Willie Peters has tasked Hull KR with showing further improvements in defence on Saturday after warning them they would face a side boasting the best attacking formation in the competition.

Rovers host Leigh on Saturday in a game that will test the weaknesses of their defence, which have long been known. Rovers have let in too many points in recent games and even conceded three tries at the weekend against London, who have the fewest points in the competition.

They face a Leigh side renowned for their attacking prowess and, with Rovers' right-hand side in particular having come under scrutiny of late, they face another tough test with the likes of Lachlan Lam, Kai O'Donnell and Ricky Leutele all looking to score points.

Peters saw some signs of improvement over the weekend, but is under no illusions that they need to be better again this weekend.

“I would say Leigh have the best form in the competition,” said Peters. “Obviously Wigan, Saints, Catalans and Warrington are all very good attacking teams. But in terms of form in an attacking game, Leigh raises the most questions.”

“We have to focus on defending their shape and also their middle because they have really strong middles and also running nines. It's important that we get back to defending the way we want to defend. We had 12 plays that we defended on our line (against London), we got a penalty in the first set that we defended, which we haven't managed to do before. It was a step in the right direction but we have to improve again this week.

“We know what they're going to throw at us. Stopping it is another matter, but we intend to do that.”

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