Opposition Profile: Hull KR

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Hull KR are next up for Leeds Rhinos in the Betfred Super League this Friday night at Emerald Headingley, kick off 7:45pm.

The Robins kicked off their season with victory over Wakefield Trinity on home turf but suffered defeat to Hull FC in the derby match last weekend. Find out more about Tony Smith’s side..


Twenty new faces joined Hull KR in the off season; the most out of any team in Super League. A mixture of experienced internationals and young upcoming talent has bolstered Tony Smith’s squad for the current campaign, including 2013 NRL Grand Final winner Shaun Kenny-Dowall, which is a major capture.

Six players have also signed from Bradford Bulls as part of the sqaud overhaul. Former Rhino Elliot Minchella has played in both of KR’s opening games this year, while half back pairing Joe Keyes and Rowan Milnes, props Matthew Storton and Anesu Mudoti, and winger Ethan Ryan have also joined the Robins for the season.

Mitch Garbutt is one of five former Leeds players in Hull KRs ranks. Matt Parcell, Weller Hauraki, Elliot Michella and Robbie Mulhern have also worn Blue and Amber in the past.

Only ten players remain in the squad from the start of 2019. Adam Quinlan is still pulling the strings from full back while youngsters Mikey Lewis and Will Dagger have also been promoted. Mid season signings Matt Parcell and Harvey Livett have stayed at the club while Dean Hadley joins from their rivals Hull FC.

Last Time Out

Ben Crooks currently leads the Super League try scoring tally with five tries. Four of those came against Wakefield in round one.

The KCOM Stadium was the stage for the latest instalment of the Hull derby last Friday night. Despite leading for most of the game, Hull KR suffered a narrow 25-16 defeat to their local rivals. Tries from Harvey Livett, Adam Quinlan and a try of the season contender from Ben Crooks wasn’t enough to hold the Black and Whites, who continued their unbeaten start to 2020.

Key Players

Ryan Brierley

Position: Half Back

Super League Apps: 22

Career Tries: 185

Former Clubs: Leigh Centurions, Toronto Wolfpack, Huddersfield Giants

Bio: Electric out of dummy half, Brierley attracted plenty of attention while helping Leigh Centurions to Super League and had spells with Huddersfield and Toronto. Now, under Tony Smith, he is looking to impress alongside Jamie Ellis and Jordan Abdull.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

Position: Wing/Centre

NRL Appearances: 279

Career Tries: 151

Honours: New Zealand (2007, 2010-16)

Bio: A veteran of the NRL, Kenny-Dowall’s domestic and international records make a good looking CV. A NRL Grand Final winner with the Sydney Roosters in 2013, over 20 caps for his country and 151 career tries makes him one of the world’s best wingers.

Previous Meetings

Over the last few seasons, clashes between Leeds and the Robins at Emerald Headingley have become close, entertaining fixtures. Last year at Emerald Headingley, a strong first half performance from Leeds saw them edge Hull KR 28-24; Ash Handley scoring inside of the opening minutes.

In 2014, the Rhinos kept the visitors to just one score for the second time that season. Josh Hodgson was Rover’s sole scorer that day while Rob Burrow recorded a brace to keep Leeds in second spot in the Super League table.

Last Ten Meetings at Emerald Headingley

Leeds Rhinos 16 Hull KR 32 (Rnd 22, 12/07/2019)

Leeds Rhinos 28 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)

*Held at Elland Road

Record against the Rhinos

Since entering Super League for the first time in 2007, Hull KR have recorded only five wins at Emerald Headingley. Their first win came in 2010, taking advantage of an injury stricken Leeds lineup to win 17-10; Liam Colbon, Peter Fox and Shaun Briscoe scoring tries to claim Rovers’ fourth win of the season.

Warrington Wolves loanee Harvey Livett has been a shining light for Tony Smith so far this season. After scoring one try in four matches at the end of 2019, he joined KR again for 2020 and already has three try assists.

Leeds have ten wins at Emerald Headingley and their biggest win on their home ground against the East Hull side in Super League was in 2011 when Ryan Hall scored a hat trick to register a 44-14 win.

Last Clash vs Leeds

When the two sides met in round 22 last year, Hull KR avenged their defeat at Emerald Headingley earlier in the season by defeating Leeds 32-16. Former Rhino Matt Parcell was on the scoresheet alongside Kane Linnett, Adam Quinlan, Harvey Livett and Craig Hall.

Team News

Tony Smith has named his 21-man squad for this Friday’s clash. Injury to Adam Quinlan sees the full back drop out of the squad, having played in the first two games. Mitch Garbutt also remains out through injury.

Former Rhinos players Matt Parcell, Robbie Mulhern and Elliott Minchella could face their former club while Joe Keyes could play his first game in a Robins shirt.

More Information

If you haven’t got tickets for Friday’s ‘Love League’ fixture yet, tickets are still available to buy in all areas of the ground.

Tickets are priced at: 

South Stand Terrace, Extentia Terrace and West Terrace£24£16£12
Extentia Wing Seats£30£24£20
Extentia Centre Seats£36£30£22
South Stand Wing Seats£32£25£20
South Stand Centre Seats£37£32£24
North Stand Wing Seats£32£25£20

*Concessions = Seniors aged 65 and over, students, under 21s (valid ID required) and disabled supporters*** (ambulant and wheelchair)

**Juniors aged 16 and under (ID required)

To buy tickets head to tickets.therhinos.co.uk, call us on 0371 423 1315 or visit the Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium.