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Chester eyes Rovers role

Hull KR caretaker coach Chris Chester outlined his desire to take the full-time role after thrashing Super League leaders St Helens in his first game in charge.

A hat-trick of tries from both Omari Caro and Craig Hall helped the East Yorkshire side rout Saints 40-10 to end a forgettable week on a high note.

Craig Sandercock was sacked as coach of Rovers on Thursday night, with Chester put in charge for the final third of the season to prove he is capable of leading the side.

He got his reign off to the best possible start with an eight-try demolition of the high-flying Saints and is now eyeing the job on a permanent basis.

"Of course I want the job. I loved it," said Chester, who represented both Hull sides as well as Halifax and Wigan in a 12-year playing career.

"This is my home because I spend more time here than at my own home.

"From day one, the club has made me feel very welcome and it's a great family club. I want the job full-time. But it's up to the powers that be at the end of the season."

Chester, who made 34 appearances for Rovers before a serious neck injury ended his career, has been around the club's set-up for some time and chairman Neil Hudgell admits the 35-year-old has long been a contender to lead Hull KR.

\"Chris is very well thought of here,\" he told Sky Sports. \"He's been the assistant to Justin Morgan, assistant to Craig Sandercock and eventually we saw him as the successor.

\"The question is whether he's ready now. On the evidence of today and some of things that have been happening behind the scenes, hopefully he is."

The victory took Hull KR to just a point behind the playoff places and with eight games to play, Chester is now firmly focused on finishing the campaign with a flourish.

"We spoke before the game about going on a journey," Chester added. "If we could get five results out of the last nine we could have a good crack at the play-offs.

"There's one down and we have eight to go.

"We have to go to Leeds on Friday with plenty of confidence."

Saints coach Nathan Brown was a deflated man after seeing his side crumble by conceding 26 unanswered points in the second half.

"It was a very disappointing day," Brown said. "The only positive was Mase Masoe and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook played well.

"We can't brush this one under the carpet. We handed them two interception tries, but Hull KR's league position is false to me.

"They've had their share of injuries and they are getting players back. That helps Travis Burns and Greg Eden get in the game."