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Playoffs at stake as Hull KR take on Salford

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Hull KR’s season of late has been busy and filled with plenty of upsets.

Fortunately for the Rovers, they are upsets for the teams that they have beaten, when they were the underdogs.

Last weekend, they beat Catalans in the cup 32-26; the weekend previous they annihilated Warrington 36-10; and only four weeks before hand they also knocked Wigan out of the cup.

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Next up for KR is a game against a Salford team who haven't had quite the same run of form.

They have only one win in their last nine games, with that victory coming against bottom of the table Wakefield Wildcats. But, in their last outing against Wigan, the Salford side pushed the Warriors very close, and were actually leading 12-0 at half time.

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There is no doubt a very distinct possibility that Salford can bring that poor run of form to a halt.

A bonus in their favour is the very busy recently schedule of Hull KR. The game against Salford will be their third in less than 11 days. In comparison with the Devils, who have played just one game in the last 15 days, there can be no excuse for a lack of rejuvenation on Salford’s part.

In addition to this, the game against Wigan saw the return of halfback Michael Dobson.

It’s no surprise that the poor run of games for Salford have coincided with both he and Rangi Chase being unable to play. The pair are both in the 19 man squad and are set to play with one another for the first time since April.

Key time

From the return of Salford’s halfback combination, Hull KR are seeing a flourish, in the absence of Terry Campese, from their duo in Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly; the latter being shortlisted for the Player of the Month.

They also welcomed back Shaun Lunt in the Challenge Cup game against Catalans.

Though the two teams are set to play one another again in little under a fortnight – this game being a rescheduled match from earlier in the season – the outcome of this game has the potentiality to be huge.

A Hull KR win would put them, until at least tomorrow, above Hull FC in the table, and into that final playoff position. A win of more than 70 (unlikely, but possible) would even put them above Warrington.

For Salford, it’s a game they really must win if they are to hope to find a play in the top Super 8s. The Devils are three points behind eighth spot and, though they have four games remaining after Tuesday’s, a loss would mean they need at least three wins from those four games, no including other games’ outcomes going in their favour.

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