Rovers Hit Half Century Against Wounded Salford

Hull KR put in a brilliant performance against the Red Devils to move to 10th on the Super League ladder, overtaking Salford and moving within 3 points of 8th spot.

The Robins seemed to come with a very cavalier attitude towards today's fixture, audaciously attempting a 40/20 in their opening set, the kick not quite coming off but certainly getting Salford thinking of what's to come.

Salford looked to be making the more assured start to the game, bundling Vaivai into touch on an attempted break away, then nearly opening the scoring through Tyrone Mccarthy, the Salford forward just unable to claim Lui's grubber.

The games opening points would come off the back of a penalty, Kavanagh stripping the ball and marching Salford deep into KR territory. Greg Johnson then backing himself from dummy half to force his way over, Shorrocks successful off the boot.

The Rovers started to make chances for themselves but the break through finally came from Shaw, Quinlan spotting Shaw in space and throwing the cut out ball for the Rovers winger to score, Shaw then converting from the wing to level the match after 15 minutes.

Hull KR's third attempt at a 40/20 would also fail to find the whitewash, instead a bit of luck would bring their next points, Lui palming Shorrocks kick back inside, finding only Quinlan who raced 80 metres to give Hull KR the lead, Tickle this time on kicking duties, 12-6.

Rovers would extend their lead 3 minutes later through Will Oakes, Junior Vaivai releasing the young KR livewire, Oakes doing the rest from 35 metres out to win the footrace to the stripe, Tickle converting from the touchline, now on fulltime kicking duty as Shaw was forced from the pitch.

Rovers next try would come at a cost to them, Atkin copping a late shot off the ball and leaving the pitch for HIA, while Atkin was being assessed, James Greenwood would react fastest to a bouncing Danny McGuire grubber and ground before the ball ran dead, Tickle moving the Robins to a 24-6 lead with the boot.

Joel Tomkins would add to his growing KR try tally, the former Warrior going over just before the end of the first half, Maurice Blair speeding down the right flank and drawing the attention of the Salford fullback before releasing Tomkins back on the inside to round the posts, Tickle converting to give the Rovers a 36-6 lead.

Rovers looked to have lost their way in the early stages of the second half, conceding a string of penalties for offside, Salford eventually making Hull KR pay for their lack of discipline in defence, Derrell Olpherts palming back Robert Lui's kick for Junior Sa'u to collect and open the second half's scoring, Chamberlain unable to convert from the touchline.

Salford would try and run the same move just minutes later, KR aware to the danger this time as Maurice Blair cleared his line and Vaivai backed himself 80 metres down to the Salford end, Scruton going close before Salford would concede multiple penalties on their own line. The Rovers would make their opposition pay as Danny McGuire benefited from a favourable bounce that saw the ball jump into his path, Super League's all time leading scorer adding to his already impressive total, Tickle once more nailing a difficult kick from the wing.

Salford's error rate was impacting the scoreboard minute after minute, Logan Tomkins throwing a forward pass and handing possession back to the Robins, Will Oakes the man delivering the killer blow this time, Hull KR sending the ball down the line with some quick hands to set the young winger in for his second of the game, Tickle missing his conversion attempt of the game out on the wing.

Yet another Rovers try would come off the back of a cheap penalty from the Red Devils, Danny McGuire finishing off his hat-trick, the KR playmaker running riot all afternoon and throwing the dummy as he approached the line, fooling the defence and sliding through the gap, tickle adding the extras once more to make it 52-10 with 20 minutes left to play.

Salford, when they could keep hold of the ball for long enough, looked good in attack, Sa'u bursting onto a brilliantly timed flat pass at the line to slice through the defence and score his second of the game, Chamberlain adding the extras to reduce the margin by 6 points.

The final 15 minutes of the game would be very uneventful, both sides aware that the game was too far gone at this point. Jake Bibby salvaging some pride for the Red Devils as he went over with 3 minutes left to play, Chamberlain converting to leave the final score at 52-22.


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