RugbyL: Dobson Vows to Preserve Hull’s Unbeaten Run

By webadmin on 08:39 am Jun 21, 2012
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London. Former Canberra Raiders half-back Michael Dobson insists Hull KR will maintain their unbeaten run when they face his old club Catalan Dragons on Friday.

Hull’s four-game winning run has seen them charge up the Super League table and the 44-26 victory against Huddersfield Giants in their last fixture saw Dobson pass the 1,000-point mark for the club.

And Dobson, who was overlooked for a call up to the Exiles squad that fell 18-10 to England on Saturday, intends to carry on his fine form against his old club.

The 26-year-old, who spent 12 games on loan at the French outfit in 2006, has been impressed by the Dragons this season.

But successive defeats against Wigan and Salford have dented the Catalan challenge and Dobson intends to add to their misery.

“We have been playing consistently but the momentum starts when you start winning games,” Dobson said.

“Getting as many wins as you can on the board is crucial, the league is very congested at the moment so the top four is within our grasp, but it could change.

“Catalan are getting better each year and Trent Robinson is a very good coach. They have a very competitive squad of players these days, so with the players they have got I think they would be disappointed if they weren’t challenging.

“They will be pretty desperate for a result, they have lost a couple of games recently and we are now just a few points off them,” he said. “The games between us have been close, so I expect another quality game. We are equally as desperate for the win.”

Elsewhere, Hull FC take on Warrington on Sunday and back-row forward Willie Manu insists he has no intention of letting his end-of-season departure to St Helens affect his performances.

Manu will join up with the Saints for the 2013 season but will leave no stone unturned in the hunt for glory with Hull.

“I am still enjoying myself at Hull but there comes a time when you need a change and that is why I’m going to Saints,” Manu said.

“I’m just glad it is done and dusted. I can concentrate on trying to finish on a good note at Hull and then think about St Helens.”

Meanwhile, Thomas Leuluai will play for Wigan again this season according to coach Shaun Wane despite breaking his leg while playing for the Exiles last Saturday.

The New Zealand international is expected to miss up to 10 weeks, starting with the Warriors clash with Widnes on Monday, but Wane remains hopeful he will be back in action before the end of the campaign.

“The results of the scan are better than I expected. He will play again this year. It is a huge blow for us but it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

Agence France-Presse