• Hull Kingston Rovers
  • 45 - 26

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Hull Kingston Rovers
  • HT 31 - 10
  • Leeds Rhinos
4th April 2019 | KO 19:45 | Hull College Craven Park | Betfred Super League

Hull KR 45 Leeds Rhinos 26

Rhinos Jack Walker is tackled by Rovers Gerorge Lawler.

Leeds Rhinos endured a disappointing night over in East Yorkshire as first half horror show saw them trailing 31-10 at the break and left them with a mountain to climb after the break.

The Rhinos actually had an early chance to grab the initiative when Robbie Mulhern spilled the ball just after the kick off but when Konrad Hurrell was held up over the line, the chance was gone for Leeds.

Hull KR were more clinical when a chance came there way soon after. Jack Walker lost the ball in the tackle and Rovers moved the ball wide before Tommy Lee slipped through a gap to score from dummy half.

The home side then scored in their next set when they were awarded a penalty in midfield for a ball steal. Mose Masoe went close before the ball popped out of the tackle into open play and Danny McGuire had the simplest try of his career when he picked up and put the ball down with no one around him. Craig Hall converted both tries to give his side a 12-0 lead after nine minutes.

Hull KR thought they had crossed again when Linnett touched down but replays showed a block on Kallum Watkins and the score was ruled out.

However, it was only a brief reprieve for the Rhinos as Rovers moved the ball wide quickly and Oakes took advantage of a superb offload by Linnett to score in the corner. Hall missed the conversion but added a penalty when the Rhinos desperately tried to stop a break away set up by a Vaivai offload in midfield.

The Rhinos managed to find a response when Brad Dwyer spotted a gap and darted out before finding Konrad Hurrell in support and he powered his way over for his sixth try of the season. Liam Sutcliffe added the conversion to cut the gap to 18-6.

However, Rovers continued to apply the pressure and crossed for two more tries before half time. The first came from former Rhino Mitch Garbutt who barged his way over from close range and then Vaivai made the extra man as Rovers moved the ball quickly along the back line. Hall converted both tries to give his side a well deserved 30-6 lead.

The Rhinos did manage to create a response in the final minutes of the first half when they kept the ball alive and eventually Hurrell was put in space and he dived one handed to touch down in the corner. Sutcliffe was unable to add the conversion.

Rovers capped off their fine first half performance when Leeds legend Danny McGuire slotted over drop goal to complete a nightmare first half for his former club.

Trailing 31-10 at half time, there was only one option for the Rhinos team after the break and they came out with the intent to attack Rovers at every turn.

Leeds managed to cut the gap to cut the gap with two tries before the hour mark. The first came from Brad Singleton when Liam Sutcliffe got to Lolohea’s cross field kick before offloading to the prop to score between the posts. Then a brilliant long range effort from Hurrell saw the centre complete his hat trick before running round to score behind the posts. Sutcliffe converted both to make it 31-22 and an unlikely comeback looked possible.

However, Rovers managed to extend their lead with a penalty when Walker’s drop out went out on the full and then they crossed for two late tries to secure victory. Josh Drinkwater skipped across the face of the defence bursting through a gap and then, with the final play of the game Ben Crooks raced through to get to McGuire’s grubber kick on the hooter. Hall converted both.

Hurrell had collected a fourth try in between the two late Rovers efforts but it could not hide the disappointment of a heavy defeat at KCOM Craven Park.

Team Performance







Player Performance

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Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards