Hull KR captain Weller Hauraki expects skill to be the main issue if teams are afforded only a week to prepare for their first Super League game back.

The competition has been suspended for the best part of three months but clubs are targeting an August restart.

With a host of clubs keen to make the most of furlough and training not allowable within the scheme, players are likely to have limited preparation time ahead of their return outing.

In KR’s case, they may have only a matter of days before they potentially take on Toronto Wolfpack on the weekend of August 8-9.

“It would be a little bit nerve-racking, especially skill-wise because that’s the main thing,” Hauraki told Hull Live.

“You won’t be able to throw the ball around for a week and get all the skill you had at the start of the season back just in one week.

“That would be the main one. I think fitness-wise everyone is going to be in the same boat with that.

“I think it’s more the skill side and gelling again, getting that gel back with your team-mates.

“Contact is another side of things that you’re going to be a little bit nervous about.

“But I think a week will be plenty to get into a game, even though we’ll be a little bit rusty. Everyone is going to be in the same boat in all departments.”

It will be an important period for Rovers, even if relegation is scrapped.

Tony Smith’s side need to start taking steps forward in their development, while as many as 12 players are out of contract at the end of the year.

“Some of the lads like myself are coming off contract so we’re going to have to prove ourselves,” said Hauraki.

Weller Hauraki during a gym session
Weller Hauraki during a gym session

“It’s going to be pretty tough but I think everyone will cope.”

Hauraki is considering playing on after making just one appearance in the first half of the year due to an ankle injury and the coronavirus pandemic.

The 35-year-old has benefited from the time off and expects to be in good shape when the season resumes.

“It’s worked out really good for me because I only had one or two weeks of running before I actually came back into the team," he said.

“I still felt underdone going into the Leigh game so this has helped me big time. I’ve got nine weeks under my belt now and I’ve been training pretty hard, doing a lot of running on the field.

“I feel really confident now that I can keep up with the boys again.”