Robins Cliam Vital 2 Points Against Rhinos

Hull KR held on in a nail-biter at Headingley, 2 points separating the sides for the last 10 minutes of the game. Either side easily could have won or lost this game due to the high tempo of the closing stages.

Leeds would open the scoring after just 4 minutes of play, a free flowing line move putting Joel Moon in a 3 on 2 position, Moon backing himself and squeezing into the corner with centimetres to spare, Sutcliffe unable to convert.

Rovers first try would come off a Leeds mistake, Briscoe throwing an aimless pass into the ground, the ball sitting up nicely for Craig Hall, the form Robin walking over from 10 metres out, Tickle unable to convert.

2 minutes later Hull KR were on top, Chris Atkin chipping over the Leeds defence and Adam Quinlan the first to the ball, Quinlan then showing Walker the dummy and a clean pair of heels to streak clear and score, Tickle somehow missing the conversion from virtually in front, 8-4 after 15 minutes.

Hull KR would go from on the ropes to on top of the game in a matter of a minute, the Rovers hemmed back in their own 20 by a Leeds onslaught, Leeds then coming up with the error and Hull KR scoring again, Crooks giving a delayed pass to former Rhino, Robbie Mulhern, Mulhern fending away from a covering tackle to score, Hall kicking the conversion, 14-4.

Leeds would score a scrappy and rushed try to bite back, Rovers shooting out of the line to put pressure on the Leeds kicker, shaking himself free of the onrushing defence, the ball then wildly tossed around before finding it's way to Tom Briscoe who crossed in the corner, Sutcliffe adding the extras.

Hull KR would take the easy points when offered the chance to, Stevie Ward pushing Greenwood at the play the ball, Hall pointing to the sticks and slotting the kick 9 minutes before the half, 16-10.

Leeds would take their chance to level the game on the stroke of halftime, a floating pass picked off by Liam Sutcliffe who raced 80 metres downfield, Atkin covering but Leeds spreading the ball for Richie Myler to go over in the corner, Sutcliffe adding the extras, 16-16.

Leeds weren't quite done for the half yet, with seconds to go, Nathaniel Peteru grabbing his first try for the Rhinos, Leeds playing hot potato with the ball to the sound of the hooter, Peteru the lucky recipient of the ball, Sutcliffe kicking the goal to make it 22-16 at the half.

Leeds would open the scoring for the second half too, the KR markers not square and Sutcliffe with no hesitation at pointing to the sticks, converting the kick to push Leeds to a 24-16 lead.

It wouldn't take long for the Rovers to make a response, sending a sliding line move through the hands before Danny McGuire threw a brilliant cut out ball for Craig Hall to go over for his second of the game, Hall unable to convert his own try.

Leeds would literally have a hand in the Robins next try, McGuire kicking high and to the corner, his kick batted out by a Leeds man and into the hands of a grateful Craig Hall, completing his hat-trick. Hall able to convert this try as Hull KR stole a 26-24 lead.

The game had descended into points tennis at this point, both sides winning and losing the lead within minutes of taking ownership of it, Jordan Thompson bursting the line and releasing Matt Parcell who charged through in support, Singleton kicking the goal from dead in front.

Tom Briscoe would bag his second of the game as Leeds took up a 10 point lead with 25 minutes left to play, Leeds using the width of the pitch and creating the overlap, Sutcliffe kicking from outwide, 36-26.

Just after the hour mark Rovers would set us up for a grandstand finish, Chris Clarkson attacking the line and offloading for Adam Quinlan, the Rovers fullback racing 50 metres downfield before releasing Chris Atkin, Hall kicking once more, 36-32.

Junior Vaivai would score what was ultimately the winning try of the game, scrambling under the Leeds defenders close to the line and grounding the ball, Hall willing the ball over from the touchline for Hull KR, final score 38-36.


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