• Leeds Rhinos
  • 16 - 32

  • Hull Kingston Rovers
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 08 - 14
  • Hull Kingston Rovers
12th July 2019 | KO 19:45 | Emerald Headingley | Betfred Super League

Leeds Rhinos 16 Hull KR 32

By Will Hopper

Leeds Rhinos were unable to make it three wins on the bounce as they fell to defeat to fellow Betfred Super League strugglers Hull Kingston Rovers.

It was Hull KR who started the brighter of the two sides in this four-pointer. The visitors thought they’d got themselves an early try but an excellent last-ditch tackle from Ash Handley prevented Ben Crooks from opening the scoring.

Rovers didn’t have to wait long to get the opening try as Matt Parcell, on loan from The Rhinos, picked up the ball five metres out and scooted his way through the Leeds defence to score. Despite Craig Hall missing both the conversion and a penalty kick, Hull KR doubled their lead when Kane Linnett scored down the left-hand side. Hall’s terrible night with the boot continued having missed the conversion once more.

The visitors then scored their third try through Adam Quinlan and this time Josh Drinkwater stepped up for kicking duty. He was able to successfully fire the ball through the sticks to make the score 14-0.

The Rhinos’ response was rapid though with two quick tries before halftime. First, Brad Dwyer picked up the ball from dummy half and weaved his way through the visitors’ defence before stretching out to score. Then Liam Sutcliffe had too much strength for Rovers’ Ben Crooks to handle when he powered his way over the try line. Both tries went unconverted but the deficit was cut to single digits.

It was the worst possible start to the second half for Leeds as Hull KR scored an early penalty kick and then a try through Harvey Livett. Hall shook off his first half jitters with the boot as he converted the try and pushed the score out to 22-8.

Kane Linnett scored his second try of the game after Danny McGuire’s perfectly placed grubber kick stopped dead in the path of the Rovers centre. Hall missed his fourth conversion of the evening so up stepped Drinkwater once more for the next penalty kick. However, Drinkwater was unable to convert the penalty from long range and The Rhinos nearly ran the whole length of the pitch to score.

It was a beautiful combination of passes from youngsters Jack Walker and Harry Newman that cut open Hull KR’s defence. Unfortunately for Leeds, Ava Seumanufagai was held just short of the line in what would have been a remarkable try.

Leeds eventually did score when Konrad Hurrell caught Rob Lui’s pass at full speed and touched down on the left wing. Rhyse Martin was unable to convert his first attempt on home soil and the score remained 26-12.

Despite the missed conversion, Martin was able to score his first try on his home debut and the fightback was on. It was a beautiful short ball from Lui that dissected the Rovers defence and sent the Headingley debutant over the line. The resulting conversion was missed but the visitors lead was now cut down to ten points with just ten minutes remaining.

Hull KR tried to take as much time as they could with every possession in order to secure the result and a late penalty, try and missed conversion from Hall ended the match at 32-12.

Team Performance

Tries

4

0

Player Performance

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Liam Sutcliffe1000000
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Interchanges
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Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards