Leeds Rhinos assistant coach Jamie Jones-Buchanan is expecting a “hell of a game” when Hull KR take on Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.
Many people expected Leeds to be travelling to the south of France in the play-off semi-finals after Richard Agar’s side defeated Wigan Warriors on Thursday night.
But Rovers ripped that script up by claiming a stunning victory at Warrington Wolves 24 hours later, booking another date with Catalans and sending the Rhinos to St Helens instead.
It will be the fourth meeting between KR and the Dragons this season, with the previous three all won by Steve McNamara’s men.
But after seeing the Robins hold their own in each game, Jones-Buchanan believes their style will test Catalans once again.
Speaking in his role as a pundit on the Super League Show, the former forward said: “They chance their arm, don’t they?
“Sometimes that can turn into a losing play for you when you try force things, but when it comes off it’s really dangerous.
“They’re the most chaotic side in Super League. It’s going to be a hell of a game against Catalans because they’re the most methodical and process-driven team in the league.
“They’ve had some real humdingers this year.”
Fellow pundit Kyle Amor, who will face Leeds in the other semi-final with St Helens, expects Rovers to stick with the tactics that have taken them this far.
“That’s why the neutrals watching the game all love getting behind Hull KR,” said the prop.
“Even when I watch them at home, you’re always entertained by them.
“The beautiful thing about them is even if they’re losing by 20, they’ll carry on playing the same way and are not fazed by it really.
“They’ve got a licence from Tony Smith to play.
“Nowadays we talk about momentum, building pressure and all that. Hull KR rip that script in half and do what they want.
“Sometimes it can be rocks and sometimes it can be diamonds but they’ll go to Catalans full of confidence.
“They won’t change the way they play at all. They’re 80 minutes away from a Grand Final.”
The Robins will head to Perpignan in high spirits armed with some key players at the top of their game.
Mikey Lewis is one of those men after breaking Warrington’s spirit with a scintillating solo try.
“I thought that Mikey Lewis kick over the top just typified them as a team,” said Amor.
“It’s only him that sees that, everyone else is 20 metres behind. It was just pure desire to score in front of his own fans.
“That was the biggest play of the game. It turned it on its head and set off the doubt and rot in Warrington’s minds.”
Jones-Buchanan was equally impressed, adding: “How refreshing is it to see somebody take it by the scruff of the neck and go, ‘Let’s have a play, let’s enjoy ourselves and do something a little bit different to the norm’.”