The penultimate round of the regular season came to a close and certainly delivered some interesting twists as we approach the Super 8s.
Another change in the league leaders position as well as clubs trading league positions in the middle and bottom four, below are another five occurrences in the latest Super League round.
Hull Derby – Past it’s best?
Kick-starting the weekend was the famous Hull derby at the KCOM Stadium, which saw the Airlie Birds complete a convincing 3-0 derby whitewash in 2016.
Hull started like a house on fire as early tries from Liam Watts, Danny Houghton and Mark Minichiello opened up an 18-0 lead.
This dominance continued into the second half as Minichiello powered through easily for a second try before Steve Michaels completed some spectacular handling to score.
Hull KR finally clicked with two late tries from Adam Walker and Iain Thornley but it was too little too late.
Michaels’ second try for Hull sandwiches between both KR scores was enough to complete the win and send Hull back to the top.
Despite such a superb win, supporters were left contemplating as to whether the Hull derby is past its best.
Many have complained that there are “too many derbies” played in one season, this being yet another third meeting between both clubs in the same season.
Many derbies have seen a 20,000+ attendance at the KCOM Stadium but this one only saw 17,000+.
A dwindle in figures and perhaps this is down to a loss of interest in derbies as there have been a considerable number played in Super League.
The latest one was the 31st meeting in just under ten seasons as supporters have been losing interest in so many matches.
Maybe a reshuffle at the Magic Weekend and have more competitive games for everyone?
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