Fax call up a huge boost for KR hooker Robinson

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Halifax’s decision to call up the Hull KR hooker Connor Robinson on a dual-registration deal rescued the young number nine from “a dark place”.

Robinson became the first Rovers player to turn out for Fax under the ‘partnership’ agreement between the sides when he came off the bench in last Friday’s 14-8 win at Hunslet.

With Ryan Maneely on the injured list and loan recruit Danny Craven recalled by Widnes, coach Richard Marshall turned to Robinson to bolster his side’s playmaking options, giving the player - who has made one Super League appearance in 2015 - a rare match appearance.

“I’m too old for under 19s rugby at 20 years old, so it’s finding somewhere where I can go and play at a good level,” said Robinson, who spent a month with lowly Coventry earlier in the year.

“Hopefully now I’ve played I have done enough to stay in the team and I can come back next weekend and play at Dewsbury.

“It’s disheartening sometimes; You go training, give your all, but you’re not playing in matches.

“I’ve been in a dark place for about three months now, but as soon as I heard I was coming over here I was a different bloke.

“I was bouncing all over, just knowing I was going to be playing at the weekend.

“I had a month at Coventry, which was interesting and hard work; it’s a 280-mile round trip so I was getting home at 1.30am after training.

“That’s not the same level; I didn’t really have to worry about anyone else but myself at Hunslet, because I knew if I got my game right, everyone around me would be doing what they needed to do.

“With Scotty (Murrell) and Ben Johnston organising, they sort their edges out and I just do my job in the middle.

“I thought I’d have been a bit rusty, but when you’ve got players outside you like those two it makes it a lot easier.”

Robinson looked sharp around the ruck and showed a strong second half kicking game as Fax took the points at the South Leeds Stadium courtesy of Johnston’s late touchdown.

“We knew it was going to be a bit of an arm wrestle, but we also knew that if we stuck in there we’d come out the other side,” said Robinson.

“We spoke about it before the game; winning at Featherstone the week before would have meant nothing if we’d gone to Hunslet and not got the result we wanted.

“It was a good blow out for me personally and hopefully we can go to Dewsbury now and make it four wins on the bounce.”