KR’s Robinson relishes half back chance

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Halifax’s dual-registered Hull KR playmaker Connor Robinson has said he “would love” another chance to showcase his half back skills as the Championship season builds to a climax.

Robinson joined Fax from the Robins a month ago to cover for the absence of injured number nine Ryan Maneely, but switched to number seven in the second half of Sunday’s 38-10 win over Sheffield as part of a reshuffle prompted by the loss of winger Gareth Potts with a head injury.

Two tries later, including a spectacular 90 metre interception, and boss Richard Marshall suddenly has a new half back option ahead of Sunday’s home game with Batley (3.0).

“Last year, I played half all season for the Academy side at Rovers so I quite enjoyed getting back there,” said Robinson.

“I’m more of a general, so I’ll get us where we need to be and let Scotty (Murrell) concentrate on setting up the plays.

“It gives me more chance to use my kicking game too, trying to split their back three and get our forwards on the front foot.

“I’d love a full game there at some point to really try and show what I could do.

“The interception came out of nowhere; I got them on the turn, which gave me a bit of a start, but I’ll take it.

“I don’t think I’ve been the length of the field since under 12s, and it was a lot easier then because you’re playing on a smaller pitch.”

Robinson wasn’t the only Rovers player on the field last weekend, with giant back rower Jordan Cox making a strong debut running down the middle of the field.

“He’s a big, strong kid,” said Robinson.

“He just needs some match fitness and a chance; when he wants to steam over somebody, he will do.

“He’s been on loan at Huddersfield, he’s been playing at KR and then he’s got ill, KR have hit some form and he can’t get back in.

“He’s played well against Sheffield, so we’ll see whether he’s back here next week now.

“We’ve got three games now, two of them at home.

“That’s six wins in a row for us now, but it’s going to mean nothing if we slip up against Batley or Doncaster.

“The teams further down the table always raise their game against the teams at the top, that’s how it is.

“We can’t switch off, we just need to keep going through the processes that are helping us win games.”