SAINTS will bid to end their Hull KR hoodoo on Friday night when they travel across to Humberside for their Super League round three clash with the Robins.
Hull KR are undefeated in their last eight home meetings with Saints, having won seven and drawn one. Saints’ last away win against the Robins was 24-18 in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup on June 1, 2008.
Coach Keiron Cunningham, who was a tryscorer in Saints’ last league win in east Hull in 2007, insists the club’s previous record on the ground will be irrelevant as they look to bounce back from their 38-12 World Club Series mauling.
“It is something you can look at but it is, and has to be, a fresh slate every time you go,” he said.
“Our challenge as a team and a club is to be ready for every game regardless of whatever the team you are facing is doing. We have to focus on our own performance.
“The Roosters game gave us a shot in the arm because we physically matched it with one of the best packs in the world. I saw a twinkle in the eye of my forwards because it showed they are as good as we think they are. Now we have to get the rest right.
“If we take that physicality into the game then we won’t be far off, but we have to be more clinical with the ball.”
Saints are boosted by the return of hooker James Roby after he sat out the last two games with a rib injury while full-back Shannon McDonnell is also included in Cunningham’s 19-man squad after recovering from a snapped Achilles.
Hull KR’s caretaker coach Willie Poching believes there could be no better opportunity to lift his side out of the doldrums than by facing a wounded St Helens.
Poching, placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Chris Chester three games into the season, takes the reins of a side still reeling from Sunday’s surprise defeat by last year’s bottom club Wakefield.
“I think it’s a good time to play them,” he said. “You’ve got to be excited about every opposition you come up against but they’re one of the big clubs that you get excited about.
“These are the games that the players want to be part of.
“Saints will be looking to reverse some of the results they’ve had and I know Keiron (Cunningham) will have them fired up but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.
“We’ve got our own situation to worry about. There will be no better way to try and get a response out of them than up against a St Helens team that is really hungry.”