Stats Pack: Hull KR

SL.Rd4. HKR v Rhinos. Fri23rdApr2021.© MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

The Rhinos take on Hull KR tonight in the regular season at Emerald Headingley. With both teams confirmed a place in the top six following Castleford’s defeat to Warrington the two will now be aiming to get advantage heading into the play offs by securing the win and a fifth place finish.

Before the teams run out, here are some of the key stats, figures and facts about both Richard Agar and Tony Smith’s sides.


Team Head to Head

Since first meeting in 2007, the Rhinos have won 21 out of 30 matches against Hull KR, while the Robins have a total of nine wins. Out of the 16 league matches played between the two sides at Emerald Headingley, Leeds have 11 wins and also a play off victory in 2009.

Looking at their form this season, the two clubs are close in the overall league standings as well as their form at their home grounds. As Hull KR are the away side tonight, what will trouble travelling fans will be that the Robins have only won four out of ten matches on the road this season, two of which have come in their last five games.

Tony Smith’s side have averaged more tries per game than Leeds. The Robins sit just behind the League Leaders’ Shield winners Catalans in second and are also ahead of the Rhinos in average points scored per game too. Using half backs Jordan Abdull and Mikey Lewis, a lot of Hull KR’s tries come from kicks – only the Dragons have scored more tries from kicks than Hull KR this season too. Outside backs Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Kane Linnett and Ryan Hall, who is unavailable for the match, have also worked hard to keep the ball alive for the Robins this season as the tonight’s visitors sit top of the offload chart.

A similarity between the Rhinos and Robins comes in possession as the two like to dominate games with over 50% of the ball. Whereas Hull KR complete sets better than Leeds, the Rhinos follow their high possession by dominating territory too, sitting only behind St Helens and Catalans in that metric this season with 52.3%. The two sides also like to turn possession over against the run of play, notably in one on one steals thanks to Matt Parcell and Matt Prior.


Hull KR’s Top Performers

Tries

Ryan Hall

15 Tries (2nd in SL)

Goals

Jordan Abdull

41 Goals (9th in SL)

Tackles

Matt Parcell

593 Tackles (17th in SL)

Offloads

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

39 offloads (2nd in SL)

Errors

Ben Crooks

27 Errors (3rd in SL)


Key Head to Head

Highly influential when their team is in attack, Leeds’ Richie Myler and Hull KR’s Jordan Abdull are two players that fans need to keep an eye on tonight.

Myler has played across full back and half back for Leeds in 2021, the playmaker’s versatility and combinations with Kruise Leeming, Rob Lui, Luke Gale has kept the Rhinos scoring points. This season, Myler ranks fifth in Leeds’ top tries first try assists, first in line break assists and fourth in and try involvements and with the exception of a three match ban, which was given after the Rhinos’ clash with the Robins back in round four, he has played every game this season for Richard Agar. In attack too, he joins Tom Briscoe, Konrad Hurrell and Brad Dwyer in Leeds’ top tackle busters .

As expected with Abdull, the Hull KR half back has been at the forefront of the Robins’ points scorers and try involvements. As the chief goal kicker, the former Hull FC and London Bronco has scored 99 points during this season (7th in SL), most of which have come with the boot (41 conversions for 82 points). Like Myler, Abdull has 13 try assists (most by a KR player) as well as eight try involvements and seven line break assists. One threat of the half back is his try assists from kicks as he has six so far this season. Half back partner Mikey Lewis also has four, compared to Rob Lui, who has the most for Leeds with two.


Stats Standout from the regular season: Leeds Rhinos

He has been featured heavily in this section over the season and Kruise Leeming will look to finish the regular season strongly against the Robins tonight.

Having only made his debut for the club 16 months ago, the England Knights international has come into his own in 2021 to lead the Rhinos in tries scored, along with fellow hooker Brad Dwyer, and produced some stand out moments – none less than his Magic Weekend drop goal.

Along with his ten tries, Leeming has made the second most assists and try involvements this season, ranking him first overall for his influence on Leeds’ try scoring efforts with ten tries, 11 assists and eight try involvements. His move from hooker to half back has also allowed Leeming to bring some of his best attributes to the table more often – the hooker notably engaging the line more in attack – a metric he ranks top in out of the Leeds players – and applying pressure through his kicking game, which has seen him force five drop outs.

Joining Myler at half back in a tough evening against St Helens, Leeming couldn’t replicate his numbers from previous weeks as the reigning champions proved too good at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Along with Jack Broadbent, who switched with Myler into the halves, the duo made over 20 support plays and made a combined 37 tackles.


Stats Standout from the regular season: Hull KR

Ever-present for Hull KR this season, hooker Matt Parcell has been a stand out in helping the Robins get to within touching distance of the play offs.

Since making his move to the club on a permanent basis from Leeds in 2020, the former Manly and Brisbane player has formed part of a solid spine that includes Abdull and Adam Quinlan, plus he has interchanged well with young talent Jez Litten from the bench, despite the Covid break between June and August. This season, he has led the line in defence and attack, scoring six tries (fourth most by a Hull KR player), making nearly 600 tackles (most at Hull KR) and also 1,965 metres from 201 carries (fourth at Hull KR behind Hall, Kenny-Dowall and Linnett). Only Abdull, as highlighted earlier, has more try involvements than Parcell but on the flip side, the hooker has given away the most set restarts by a Robins player this season (12).

Last time out against play off rivals Castleford, he was one of Hull KR’s crucial try scorers and was among the top tacklers in the game – only team mate Matty Storton and Castleford’s Daniel Smith, Adam Milner and Jesse Sene-Lefao made more. He also led Hull KR in dummy half metres made, naturally, and assisted Lewis in his second try of the match.


Player Milestones

Kruise Leeming

Leeds’ Kruise Leeming can make his 150th Super League appearance in front of the Rhinos fans tonight. The hooker, who has played at half back in 2021, has played 33 times over two season with Leeds, having previously made 116 with Huddersfield Giants.


Team News


Tickets

Tonight’s game will also be an emotional night as the Rhinos will also say farewell to Konrad Hurrell, King Vuniyayawa, Rob Lui and Alex Sutcliffe at the final home game of the season.

Fans can now buy their tickets at tickets.therhinos.co.uk or by calling 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm). Please be aware that the ticket office at Emerald Headingley Stadium is not open on non-match days.

The match will also be available to watch on Sky Sports for those unable to attend the game.