Sandercock salutes Hodgson
Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock praised Dave Hodgson for his hat-trick in his side's 44-16 win over London Broncos.
Hodgson was a late inclusion after Sam Latus pulled out before the game with tonsillitis and the former Huddersfield winger marked his return in spectacular fashion with a first-half hat-trick.
Sandercock felt Hodgson and centre Kris Welham struck up a solid partnership against the Broncos with the first five tries coming from the pair.
"Dave wasn't quite 100 per cent fit which was why we didn't name him," Sandercock said.
"Unfortunately we don't have too many options on the wing and with Sam out with tonsillitis we had no choice but to try and get him through the game without making his injury worse.
"The left-hand side looked pretty dangerous and everyone knows Kris Welham is in the elite training squad and there is a reason why.
"He's a great attacking player and he linked very well with Dave."
Sandercock was satisfied with the tries his side scored, but claimed there was still room for improvement.
"It's pleasing to get a win and we scored some good tries out there," he said.
"But we have a lot of improving to do. We need to respect the football more than we did.
"We need to improve our discipline in the first half and if we can do that hopefully we can move forward and make progress.
"Maybe we were a bit too enthusiastic and that can lead to a few untidy areas playing the ball.
"It's something we are working on in training."
London coach Rob Powell claimed patience was the key for his young players to continue their progress to becoming steady Super League players.
More than half of his squad for this game were from London and he was proud of their efforts.
"There's a reality to what happened," said Powell.
"We had eight first-team players out injured, and nine London players in our 17-man squad.
"If you look at the tries they scored, it was around our centres and wingers who are young, inexperienced and from London.
"It's our job to coach them up, but if you take eight players out of any Super League team they are going to struggle.
"We missed all the eight players who were missing but we're not making excuses.
"The reality is that we need to be patient.
"They haven't been playing since they were six or seven like the Hull KR players have.
"We have to speed up that process as quick as we can."