Hull Kingston Rovers vs Salford Red Devils The Qualifiers Round 1

The last time these two met in this part of the competition it would cost the Robins their Super Legue status after a dramatic game, many of the players who are named were featured in that loss and won't need reminding just how important a win is, Salford will view the game in the same light.

These two sides met less than a month ago, the Rovers hammering Salford 52-22 at the KCOM, Salford winning the home leg of the fixture 36-12 at the end of February. Salford's win this season now means they have won 3 of the last 5 meetings between these two sides.

The Rovers include last week's star men, Ben Crooks and Craig Hall, the two newbies with the club for less than a month but quickly becoming fan favourites, The Red Devils make two changes from the side that ran out winners against the Leeds Rhinos almost two weeks ago, Gavin Bennion and Levy Nzoungou making way for Joey Lussick and Kris Welham.

Hull Kingston Rovers: Adam Quinlan, Junior Vaivai, Danny McGuire, Nick Scruton, Shaun Lunt, James Greenwood, Ben Kavanagh, James Donaldson, Chris Clarkson, Tommy Lee, Robbie Mulhern, Liam Salter, Chris Atkin, Will Oakes, Danny Tickle, Joel Tomkins, Todd Carney, Craig Hall, Ben Crooks.

Salford Red Devils: Kris Welham, Junior Sa’u, Niall Evalds, Robert Lui, Craig Kopczak, Josh Jones, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi, Ryan Lannon, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Josh Wood, Derrell Olpherts, Lee Mossop, Jake Bibby, Daniel Murray, Ed Chamberlain, Jackson Hastings, Joey Lussick.

This is going to be a very tight game, two teams who impressed in their last outing and know the importance of picking up points early on, I'm ruling in favour of the Robins for this fixture by 1-6 points, expect a war in this one.


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