They’re back! Where they belong?! Perhaps as Hull Kingston Rovers returned to the big time after their shock relegation back in 2016.
A superb effort from the Kingstone Press Championship league leaders under former Australia national coach Tim Sheens.
Credit where it’s due, especially to top of the players who stuck with them following their defeat in the Million Pound Game as their patience and hard work has paid off!
The Rovers return and below is a more in depth analysis of their 2017 season, find out how they got on and how they managed to fully recover!
Best Performance: Batley Bulldogs 4-68 Hull Kingston Rovers
They had many of these considering their dominance in the Championship but the stand out was their 68-4 annihilation of Batley Bulldogs at the Fox Biscuit’s stadium.
The Robins showed no mercy here in their thrashing of the Bulldogs in what could be a considered a surprisingly comfortable win.
The Robins had stuttered past Rochdale and conceded defeat to Toulouse in France the round in previous weeks before running riot here.
Top try scorer Ryan Shaw bagged a hat-trick as well as Andrew Hefernan, Zach Docker-Clay and Jake Butler-Fleming each scoring a brace.
Further touchdowns came from Rob Mulhern, Jordan Abdull and Jamie Ellis in a ruthless display.
Perhaps the Robins felt too kind to allow Michael Hayward in for a consolation effort but they travelled home easy winners regardless.
They were red hot favourites but from start to finish, their sheer professionalism and superiority here clearly demonstrating how much top flight rugby was craved throughout 2017 in East Yorkshire.