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Hull KR v Leeds Rhinos match preview

5th February 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos head to Hull KR’s KC Lightstream Stadium to kick off the new First Utility Super League season looking for a repeat of last year’s opening day victory.

Leeds have won on their last three visits to Hull KR. The Robins' last home win against the Rhinos was 38-28 on 9 April, 2011. Last year the Rhinos won 34-6 on the opening day of the season with Tom Briscoe scoring a hat trick on his debut.

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Super League summary
Hull KR won 5
Leeds won 13 (includes win in 2009 play-offs)
Hull KR highest score: 38-28 (H, 2011) (Widest margin: 25-6, H, 2010)
Leeds highest score: 44-8 (H, 2009 QPO), 44-14 (H, 2011), 44-10 (A, 2013) (Widest margin: 44-8, H, 2009 QPO)

Hull KR moved to their current ground in 1989 from ‘Old’ Craven Park which was situated on Holderness Road.  The first match played there was in front of a capacity 8,500 crowd against Trafford Borough and in that season were crowned Division Two champions.

The stadium previously was home to speedway team, Hull Vikings, however when the ground was refurbished for Hull Kingston Rovers to use in the Super League the Vikings left.

In 2013 Hull KR’s new £8 million North Stand was opened for the World Cup game between France and Papua New Guinea.  With nearly 2,600 seats, a new restaurant and 10 executive boxes, the North Stand will transform the KC Lightstream Stadium's matchday experience for both home and away fans. 

On 25 January 2014, Hull Kingston Rovers announced that it had secured a new stadium naming rights partnership with local communications provider, KC. Under a five-year agreement, Craven Park will carry the branding of KC’s broadband service, becoming the ‘KC Lightstream Stadium’.

Hull KR have an excellent section on their website for visiting fans that has all the information you will need ahead of your trip across to East Yorkshire on Sunday. Click here to find out more

Pre-match entertainment
X Factor and I’m a Celebrity star Jake Quickenden will perform before Sunday's game between Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

The 26-year old from Scunthorpe will entertain the crowd prior to the big kick-off at 3pm on Sunday, 8th February with some of the performances that saw him beat thousands of contestants to reach The X Factor finals.

More recently, Jake appeared in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and became an instant hit with the public, finishing the show as runner-up to  Carl “Foggy” Fogarty, and he said he can’t wait to get out there and entertain the fans.

Tickets selling fast
Hull KR are expecting a sell out crowd on Sunday so fans are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We still have tickets available for the South Stand behind the posts but there are less than 200 tickets still on sale. Fans will not be able to purchase on the match day and junior members cannot exchange their vouchers on match day. All junior member vouchers must be exchanged in advance by coming down to the Leeds Rugby Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Tickets are priced at £18 adults, £10 OAP's (over 60) and Students, and £5 for Juniors under 16. Under 5's are free of charge but require a ticket. Ambulant disabled tickets are priced at £18, £10 and £5 depending on age. Helper tickets are also available if required and upon production of valid ID. For wheelchair disabled tickets and disabled car parking, please contact Hull on 01482 222072 for tickets and 01482 716552 for car parking.

Official coach travel for this match is priced at £15. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 12noon. Don't forget that if you are a 2015 season member you can travel to this match for free! You must exchange the voucher you received with your season membership card at the Leeds Rugby Retail Store or Ticket Office (match day only) – terms and conditions apply.

Match tickets will be available until 5pm on Saturday 7th February from the Leeds Rugby Retail Store subject to availability. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0871 423 13 15 (calls are charged at 10p per minute – calls from mobiles may vary), come down to the Leeds Rugby Retail Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets.

Finding the KC Lightstream Stadium
From M62
Follow the M62 (eastbound) to junction 38. Here the M62 turns into the A63. Continue on the A63, under the bridge and over the flyover, and continue over the roundabout still along the A63. At the next roundabout exit the A63, and join the A1033 (Hedon Road). Follow the A1033 straight over the roundabout and past Hull Prison. After about 1/4 mile is another roundabout, again head straight across and approximately 1000 yards later, turn left at the roundabout into Marfleet Lane. At the next set of traffic lights turn right onto the dual carriageway (Preston Road). The KC Lightstream Stadium is about half way down on your right hand side just before the end of the dual carriageway.
Or just pop HU9 5HE into your sat-nav!
Paragon Interchange is the city’s public transport hub, with trains and buses regularly arriving and departing.
For bus timetables please call 01482 222222 or view the timetable (external site).

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Hull KR 30 Leeds Rhinos 40

8th February 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos fought back from 30-18 down at the start of the second half to record an opening round 40-30 victory at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

For the second consecutive year, Leeds Rhinos travelled to Hull KR’s KC Lightstream Stadium on the opening weekend of the competition and the two sides produced a pulsating battle for the packed crowd who attended.
Leeds made an encouraging start when Tom Briscoe took advantage of a fine offload by Kallum Watkins to score in the corner on the ground where he grabbed a hat trick on his debut a year earlier.  Kevin Sinfield pulled his touchline conversion attempt wide but Brian McDermott’s side had made the perfect start.
However, they were then hit by a storm from the home side. New half back Terry Campese and Albert Kelly were at the heart of everything for Rovers. Kelly took advantage of a dangerous cross field kick to go over before Campese put forward Mitch Allgood over from a penalty close to the Rhinos line. Kelly then completed the onslaught when he chased through to collect a grubber kick and dive over. Josh Mantellato converted all three tries to give his side a 18-4 lead after as many minutes.
The Rhinos finally got into their stride after that and hit back with a try from Kevin Sinfield who supported a fine break by Kallum Watkins to go over between the posts. The Rhinos then cut the deficit further when Danny McGuire finished a flowing move that covered 80 metres. Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Carl Ablett were involved in the build up before McGuire cut through to score. Sinfield converted both tries to make it 18-16.
However, Hull KR had the last word at the end of the half as Campese created a try for himself. Burrow had stopped a try down the wing with a last ditch tackle but play quickly went in field and Campese kicked ahead and collected his own kick to score. Mantellato added the conversion to make it 24-16 at the break.
Hull KR made the perfect start to the second half when Kris Welham intercepted and went 60 metres to score Mantellato added the conversion to give his side a 30-16 lead.
Leeds needed to dig deep to find a response and they did just that. Danny McGuire crossed for his second try despite home claims for obstruction before Kallum Watkins produced sublime piece of centre play to break through and step the full back to score. Sinfield converted both tries to bring his side to within two points of the lead.
The game went from end to end as both sides looked to strike a decisive blow and eventually it was Zak Hardaker who stretched out to score. Sinfield added the conversion to edge his side into a 34-30 lead.
The result was decided in the final minutes when McGuire broke through in midfield and passed to Brad Singleton to score between the posts. Sinfield kicked the conversion to give his side a 40-30 victory on the opening weekend. 

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