KR Steal First Derby Win Since 2014


The Robins sent a clear statement of intent to their noisy neighbours in the opening minutes of the game, Atkin kicking downfield and Shaul halted in his in goal area to give the Robins a goal line drop out off the back of their first attacking set, from the resulting possession Craig Hall would score on his second debut, Blair finding him on the wing and releasing him with a cut out pass, Tickle unable to convert.

Conditions were playing havoc with handling early on, the slicked up ball and turf causing 3 handling errors in the space of 5 minutes, preventing any free flowing play and limiting the desire to throw the ball around.

The handling errors continued to mount up, Atkin losing the ball on his own 20 in contact, the Black and White's setting up for the scrum, then losing possession on the first tackle to hand the ball right back to the Rovers.

Errors would cost Hull points eventually, a loose pass collected by Quinlan who then set away Crooks, Crooks combining with another former Leigh team mate in Craig Hall, Hall toeing the ball ahead for himself before grounding the ball, the video referee confirming everything was ok with the grounding, Tickle converting, 10-0.

On the verge of half time Danny Tickle would come back to haunt his former side, Tickle forcing his way over from dummy half, despite the best efforts of three Hull defenders, the try awarded and KR taking a 16-0 lead into the half after Tickle was unable to convert his own try but the Rovers were awarded a penalty, Craig Hall kicking the penalty to make it 16-0, Hall accountable for 10 of the 16 points.

KR's second half would not start as well as their first, conceding a try after Jordan Abdull palmed a kick back for Brad Fash to score, Maurice Blair clearly taking exception to the decision of try after claims of a push and letting the referee know his point of view, seeing yellow for his troubles, Sneyd unable to convert.

A late shot on Abdull would bring FC's next points, the tackle count refreshed on the KR 10 and Abdull's kick this time palmed back by Faraimo into the field of play, Josh Griffin marking his return to action with a try, Sneyd kicking the extras, 16-10 with 30 minutes left to play.

The Black and White's would level things up just shy of the hour mark, it looked like the Robins had done enough to deny Mark Minichiello from scoring, the veteran front rower keeping his arm up in the tackle and stretching out to ground the ball close to the sticks, Sneyd's conversion taking the score to 16-16.

The Rovers would snatch victory in a game they had lost control of, through two penalties, Tickle kicking both to see KR hold out for a 20-16 victory over their closest and fiercest rivals.

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