Flashback: Five Top Super League Meetings vs Hull KR
With Thursday’s fixture being classed as a ‘home’ game for Hull KR, let’s take a look back at some classic Super League matches we’ve played against the Robins at Craven Park.
Having lost the first Super League meeting between the two sides in March, the reigning Super League Champions were looking to bounce back from defeat to Hull FC against Hull KR in May. Only eight points separated the two sides on this occasion as Danny McGuire, Clinton Toopi and a late Jordan Tansey try helped Leeds to a 18-10 win; Kevin Sinfield kicking three goals.
Having lost the last two away matches against Hull KR, Leeds managed to edge Rovers 25-24 at Craven Park in 2012, thanks to the boot of Kevin Sinfield. The Robins led 18-6 at the break thanks to tries from Graeme Horne, Michael Dobson and Josh Hodgson, with Danny McGuire providing the only try for the Rhinos, but Leeds came out firing in the second half; Ryan Hall, Carl Ablett and McGuire again making the score 22-24 with minutes remaining. In the dying moments, Sinfield would prove the difference, stepping up to kick a penalty and slot a short range drop goal to win the match for Leeds.
The Rhinos recorded their biggest away win against Hull KR in 2013. There were six different scorers in the 44-10 result, including two for Leeds’ leading try scorer that season Kallum Watkins. Omari Caro and Cory Paterson provided the only tries for the home side, while Ian Kirke, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Mitch Achurch, Brett Delaney and Zak Hardaker ran in further tries for the visitors.
Opening the new 2014 season away at Hull KR, it was a perfect debut for new Leeds signing Tom Briscoe. The former Hull FC winger scored a hat trick for his new side on that day in February, while Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon and Danny McGuire made sure Leeds got their season off to an explosive start. Kris Keating’s try was the only response from the Robins, who sat bottom of Super League table.
The Rhinos travelled to the east coast at the end of the 2016 campaign as both clubs prepared for their first Qualifier campaigns. Matty Marsh’s opening try was met by scores for Leeds’ Jimmy Keinhorst and Rob Burrow but even though the Rhinos looked in control, James Webster’s men went into half time only two points adrift; Maurice Blair scoring at the end of the first 40 minutes.
A spectacular try from Ken Sio put Rovers back in front but the Robins were to rue missed conversion attempts as James Segeyaro and Ryan Hall both crossed the whitewash to win the match 24-20 for the Rhinos, despite a late Kieron Dixon try on the hooter.