Opposition Profile – Hull KR

Only two points separate Leeds Rhinos from Hull KR in the Betfred Super League table but that margin could change when both sides clash tomorrow night at Emerald Headingley Stadium, kick off 7:45pm.

Leeds’ win against Castleford last week pushed Richard Agar’s side into ninth place in the table and a win against the Rovers would see them go level on points with Wakefield and Salford. A win for the Robins on the other hand would draw Tony Smith’s side level on points with the Rhinos.

With the Sky Sports camera’s set up for this fixture, here is an insight into Tony Smith’s side.


Throughout this season, Hull KR have been struggling at the bottom of the Super League table with only seven wins in 21 league matches so far. Whilst producing some shock wins, including a 16-14 against Warrington last month, Tony Smith’s side have also fallen to surprise defeats, notably the 26-24 loss to London Broncos.

Hull FC claimed a second win out of three in this season’s Hull derby, beating Lee Radford’s side 18-10 two weeks ago. Captain Joel Tomkins, Ben Crooks and loanee Matt Parcell scored for the Robins.

Pre-season recruitment saw 14 players leave the club and only six players arrive ahead of 2019. Centre Kane Linnett and half back Josh Drinkwater have proved worthy purchases, with Linnett scoring five tries in 19 appearances. The Rovers have also picked up youngsters Luis Johnson and Harvey Livett from Warrington on loan to bolster their ranks for the remainder of the season.

Click here to watch the highlights from the deciding derby in this year’s Hull derby.

Last weeks 52-10 beating against Wigan saw Hull KR remain level on points with London Broncos at the bottom of the table. Only two tries from electric full back Adam Quinlan gave the Rovers fans something to cheer about as Wigan ran in over 50 points at the DW Stadium.

Previous Meetings

Over the last eleven years, the Rhinos have been dominant against the visiting Robins. In the first Super League meeting between the two sides in 2007, it would take a late Danny McGuire try for Leeds to seal a 34-18 win. From 2007 to 2012, the Robins only won one league match at Emerald Headingley (2010) as the Rhinos proved too clinical in front of their home crowd.

In 2014, the east coast side were restricted to a single try as Leeds won a ninth home game that season. Rob Burrow became Super League’s eighth highest try scorer, with the number seven crossing twice in the 30-6 win.

Michael Dobson (pictured on the right) has scored the most points against the Rhinos (50). He joined Hull KR in 2008 from NRL side Canberra Raiders and was made captain in 2012.

Following Hull KR’s relegation to the Championship for the 2017 season, last year saw the two sides face off at Elland Road for Danny McGuire’s first meeting against his former club. A hat trick from Jimmy Keinhorst helped the Rhinos to a 20-11 victory prior to their World Club Challenge date with Melbourne Storm.

Last Ten Meetings at Emerald Headingley

Leeds Rhinos 26 Hull KR 24 (Rnd 13, 28/04/2019)

Leeds Rhinos 36 Hull KR 38 (The Qualifiers, 01/09/2018)

Leeds Rhinos 20 Hull KR 11 (Rnd 2, 08/02/2018)*

Leeds Rhinos 22 Hull KR 18 (The Qualifiers, 12/08/2016)

Leeds Rhinos 10 Hull KR 30 (Rnd 9, 01/04/2016)

Leeds Rhinos 38 Hull KR 16 (Rnd 15, 22/05/2015)

Leeds Rhinos 30 Hull KR 6 (Rnd 20, 11/07/2014)

Leeds Rhinos 12 Hull KR 16 (Rnd 25, 16/08/2013)

Leeds Rhinos 34 Hull KR 16 (Rnd 1, 03/02/2012)

Leeds Rhinos 44 Hull KR 14 (Rnd 17, 12/06/2011)

*Held at Elland Road

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Record Against the Rhinos

Since entering the Super League for the first time in 2007, Hull KR have only four wins at Emerald Headingley. Their first win came in 2010, taking advantage of an injury stricken Leeds lineup to win 17-10. Their biggest win came in 2016, with former Rhino Shaun Lunt crossing twice in the 30-10 win.

Leeds though have the superior record on home soil, with ten wins at Emerald Headingley. Ryan Hall scored a hat trick in 2011 as the Rhinos registered a 44-14 win over the Rovers (their largest score against the East Hull side in Super League). Prior to that, Leeds were unbeaten from 2007 to 2009, scoring over 70 points in the three matches.

Kallum Watkins has scored the most tries out of any Leeds player against the Rovers. He has crossed 13 times, including a hat trick in 2012 (pictured above).

Recently, both sides have won a Qualifiers match at Emerald Headingley. Two tries from hooker James Segeyaro ensured that Leeds stayed top of the Middle 8s table in 2016 but the Rovers avenged that result last year, edging through with a 38-36 win.

In the News

Danny McGuire will mark his 400th Super League appearance against his former club. The half back made 370 Super League appearances for the Rhinos before moving to Hull KR in 2018.

Another former Rhino Weller Hauraki will also mark Friday’s game with a milestone. He will make his 200th appearance having played for six different clubs between 2010 and 2019.

Key Players

Josh Drinkwater

Scrum Half

Appearances: 21

Try Assists: 12

Attacking Kicks: 112

Errors: 26

Craig Hall

Outside Back

Clean Breaks: 25

Metres: 2078

Carries: 255

Missed Tackles: 51

Last Time Out

After suffering a 45-26 loss at Craven Park, the Rhinos ended the Easter period with a win against the Robins at Emerald Headingley. A double from Ash Handley, plus other tries from Tom Briscoe and Jack Walker gave Leeds a 22-0 lead at half time. Despite a comeback from the visitors, Matt Parcell scored to seal a 28-24 win.


Team News

Tony Smith names an unchanged squad from the defeat against Wigan Warriors. Despite picking up injuries at the DW Stadium, Danny McGuire is set to make his final Headingley appearance whilst key play maker Adam Quinlan is also named for the clash.

Six former Rhinos players are named by Smith. Besides McGuire, Mitch Garbutt, Jimmy Keinhorst, Weller Hauraki, Robbie Mulhern and loanee Matt Parcell are in line to return to Emerald Headingley.

Further Information

Secure your seats for Friday’s double header, with the Emergency Services Cup taking place prior to kick off. Tickets for the double header are on sale now starting from £12 for juniors, £16 for concessions and from £24 for adults. Buy before midnight on Thursday to save £3 on match day prices.

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