After a fantastic win over Huddersfield the previous week, Hull KR travelled across the city to face bitter rivals Hull FC. This was Hull KR’s final chance to reach the top 8’s, with a defeat sealing the Robins’ fate in the Middle 8’s.
The game kicked off, and Hull KR started the brighter after FC knocked on 20 metres out. From the scrum, Kelly chipped to the corner for Sio to collect, only for the Winger to knock-on with the line begging.
Rovers however continued to press. Lunt almost crashed over before the Hooker sent a pass out to Donaldson, who was diving over to score before Thaler pulled it back for a forward pass.
With those two opportunities gone begging for the Red & Whites, FC began to roll downfield and it wasn’t long before the game had its first video referee decision when Abdull went over, but fortunately the Stand-off grounded the ball outside the field of play, which allowed Rovers off the hook.
But when Greenwood spilled the ball on the next set, Hull punished the Robins. Manu almost crashed over, before Houghton played a simple pass for former Robin Liam Watts to collect and crash over to score the game’s first points, which Sneyd then increased with the conversion.
With Hull now firmly on the front foot, they increased their lead with two quick blows before half-time. Houghton was on hand to collect Sneyd’s grubber for the first, and Minichiello was quickest to react to Kelly’s error from another Sneyd kick.
Sneyd added both conversions to give the Black and Whites a healthy lead at half-time.
HT: Hull FC 18-0 Hull KR
With the game quickly slipping away from the Rovers, it was crucial that they got the first try if they were to snatch any points from Hull FC.
The game was all-but sealed however within minutes when Minichiello broke through some weak defence and crashed over, before a swift set-move allowed Michaels to dive over in the corner.
Sneyd converted both to make it thirty nil before Hull KR finally managed to form a response. Mulhern’s strong run put Lunt in position to play a flat pass to Walker, who dived over beneath the sticks unopposed.
Mantellato added the extras, but as the Red & Whites began to tire, Hull FC delivered a final blow as Fonua produced a sublime offload to allow Michaels to break down the wing and go over without a hand being laid on him to seal Hull KR’s fate in the Middle 8’s.
It would be Rovers however who had the final say in this game. Iain Thornley did well to beat Fonua and break the line, and with men in support, he dummied to get past Sneyd and dived over before Mantellato added the extras.