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RugbyL: Hull KR set to unleash Burns on Super League

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Hot-on the heels of Hull KR's first Super League win of the season against Widnes on Sunday, coach Craig Sandercock told Robins fans that new signing Travis Burns is chomping at the bit to get going.

Sandercock snapped up the stand-off from Penrith Panthers in the close season but the 29-year-old has had to kick his heels while serving out a suspension.

Burns' route back into the fold may have to wait until round five against Warrington, but after watching his side get off the mark with a comprehensive 44-18 victory over Widnes, led by Michael Dobson's 16-point haul, things are suddenly looking up for the New Craven Park outfit.

"Travis will be available in round five and everyone connected with the club is excited," said Sandercock.

"We're not expecting miracles from him, he's not played for a long time, but it's exciting to have him back soon.

"He can see light at the end of the tunnel and he's been really good to have about the place, he's making all the right noises."

Elsewhere Bradford Bulls head coach Francis Cummins was far from satisfied with his side's all-round display against Castleford, but singled out hat-trick hero Brett Kearney for special praise.

Kearney, 29, spent three years with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks before moving to Odsal in 2010 and started and finished the scoring for the Bulls who emerged 38-12 winners.

But despite acknowledging Kearney's efforts, and picking up his first win as Bradford boss, Cummins was still looking for an improvement.

"Brett Kearney is a quality player. He catches the ball well and runs with it and defends everywhere," said Cummins.

"But we were a bit edgy when we get down there (near the line). We're trying to score a try all the time when if we ask a few questions, we'll get there. We just need a little bit more direction at times."

Meanwhile Warrington coach Tony Smith claimed Catalan Dragons full-back Brent Webb's ill-discipline helped his side claim victory.

Smith brought Webb to Super League from New Zealand Warriors in 2007, while coach of Leeds Rhinos, but watched on as the 33-year-old was twice sin-binned for the French side.

The New Zealand international's second yellow card came after a late melee which also saw Warrington's Ben Westwood leave the field to the dismay of Smith.

"It was horribly messy and scrappy," he said. "It spoilt what could have been a good game.

"I am good mates with Brent Webb. I have coached him and have a lot of time for him as a player but he lost his rag. I didn't want Benny (Ben Westwood) to get dragged back into it. But it's a shame we're talking about that."

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