Horne keen to repay fans after two home reversals

Hull KR's Graeme Horne.
Hull KR's Graeme Horne.
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Graeme Horne admits he will not even turn the television on let alone leave the house if Hull KR lose tonight.

The second-row knows all about the fierce rivalry with Hull FC having grown up in the city and played with the Black and Whites for years before moving ‘east of the river’ in 2012.

Therefore, he needs no reminding of just what the derby entails for everyone involved this evening at Craven Park.

Furthermore, Hull KR – who have signed ex-North Queensland winger Wayne Ulugia until the end of 2015 – lost the last two including one in controversial circumstances at Magic Weekend and a big 38-20 home defeat last August.

“I want to make sure I don’t feel that way this time,” conceded Horne, whose brother Richard is expected to return from injury for the visitors.

“If we lose, I don’t want to talk to anyone. It’s as simple as that.

“You don’t want to go outside, use your phone or turn the TV on for fear of seeing the result.

“I don’t take defeat well. But when you win one, you’re out and about everywhere.

“It’s brilliant winning a derby and I’m sure it’s the same for the fans and the diehards who live and breathe these games.”

Horne, back in action last week after being given compassionate leave while his five-year old son was hospitalised for a benign stomach tumour, admitted: “We are still hurting after losing that game here last year

“We’ve lost the last two at home so we have to put that right. It’s not a nice feeling when they come to our place and take the win.

“I feel I’ve let a lot of people down if we lose a derby. It’s great for the fans to win the first of the season and for us, it gives us an enormous buzz. We’re looking to keep our good run going.”

Rovers have, indeed, picked up of late and are seeking a fourth successive Super League win after Sunday’s impressive 25-12 victory at Warrington.

Ex-Junior Kiwi Ulugia can also play centre or full-back and broke into North Queensland’s team towards the end of last season, scoring six tries in four appearances.

They parted company with him, though, just before the start of this campaign for disciplinary reasons.

But Ulugia, 21, said: “I made a few rookie errors and that taught me a lot about life and football. Hull KR’s a fresh start for me and I feel I’ve a lot to give to the game.”

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