Heslam Park is home from home for new Greens loanee
ON-LOAN back Will Robinson has been backed to maintain the impressive start he made to his career at Heslam Park – because he's already well-drilled into the way Scunthorpe like to play.
The former Doncaster Academy player moved to the Greens on loan last week from National Two North outfit Hull RUFC and enjoyed an excellent debut for his new club, scoring two tries and kicking two conversions and a penalty in the weekend's 40-19 win at Derby.
Robinson has found first-team rugby with the north bank club hard to come by this term, but having worked under Scunthorpe coach, and namesake, Tim Robinson when he was a student at John Leggott College, adjusting his game plan to fit in with that of the Greens has not been a problem.
"It's not very often we're able to call on someone with experience of playing at the level above, but this time the circumstances have allowed it," said Tim Robinson, who is head of the Scunthorpe college's Rugby Academy.
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"He's been on the fringes of the first-team this season, but last year I think he was their top try scorer.
"It's one of those situations in that he needs some game time and because they can't offer him that at the moment, they've allowed him to come to us.
"He's the type of player that will come in and do what he did on Saturday. He makes a big difference.
"He made an impact – he played very well, got a couple of scores and conversions and a penalty as well.
"The rest of the lads I think enjoyed playing with him and worked off him. That's where a few of the scores came from.
"The overriding factor is that he's played at Leggott, where most of the calls are the same as what we use at Scunthorpe and the style of play is very similar.
"Sometimes it can be difficult for a player to come into a new side, but in retrospect he knows a lot of the lads – he's certainly played with five or six of the team that started on Saturday – and we play to the same systems and calls.
"That's made it very easy for him to come straight in and pick up where he needs to be."
Robinson's loan to Scunthorpe is open-ended, though Hull have a 24-hour recall option.
He has been at the Hull Sports Centre for the past two seasons and as well as bringing Level Four experience to the Greens' squad, he also offers versatility.
Robinson, who is from Westwoodside, made his debut at centre, though made a smooth transition to scrum-half at Derby when Will Harrison was forced off with a shoulder injury.
"At Leggott I played him at nine most of the time, but when he went to Hull they moved him to outside centre stroke winger," added his new coach.
"He does prefer to play in those channels, but with Will Harrison picking up a pretty bad injury early doors we moved him from 13 to nine and he did a good job.
"He's very quick and he attacks the fringes, which stopped their back row quite a lot from getting out to Tom Foster and the centres and the wingers.
"It provided a little bit more space out wide for them which allowed them to go back to type to last year and get in behind the opposition.
"He was like a breath of fresh air and was one of the players that instigated the second half performance."