Ryan Hall to silence critics after Hull KR comes under scrutiny


Willie Peters has backed Ryan Hall to get back to top form after a difficult afternoon at the office last week. The winger, one of Super League's all-time greats, was one of several players who made a costly error in last week's Challenge Cup defeat.

He then failed to prevent a first-half try when a kick went over his head in what was a difficult afternoon for the Robins overall, and as a result his performances have been closely scrutinised in recent weeks.

While Peters did not deny that Hall could improve, he stressed that he was not the only one who needed to work on his recent form.

“I don't have to tell Hally whether he played well or not because he is very honest,” said Peters. “Overall it didn't help; in the last two weeks our team's performance as a whole hasn't been that great, so I don't think it's right to single out Hally individually.”

“Nobody wants to go out and make mistakes depending on what area but when you break it down, does age have anything to do with a particular mistake? I don't think so. There's no doubt Hally isn't as quick as he was ten years ago but he's signed a contract with Leeds for next year and will be back. He's the one who said he'll call it a day when he can't do it anymore. He's 36 but he's certainly still a Super League player.

“There is no doubt that Hally can improve certain aspects of his game but it is not because of his age. There are things in his game, like every player in our team in recent weeks. But there are not many wingers with the penetration of Hally and I am sure we will see that again this weekend.

“Obviously in big games you don't have as much space and time. Wigan have done a great job with him and they know he is a threat. If you look at Wigan's tip sheet, I'm sure after their kick hunting they are looking to win Ryan Hall's carry. If they can do that he still has something to say in the game.”

Of course, Hall's achievements at 36 will be scrutinized, but Peters has no doubts that the winger remains important and valuable to his team.