Match Report: Giants Halt KR Momentum in Frustrating Defeat

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Match Report: Giants Halt KR Momentum in Frustrating Defeat

Hull KR were beaten 38-10 by Huddersfield Giants at Sewell Group Craven Park on Sunday. The game started in perfect fashion for the Robins when the visitors’ kick-off went out on the full and they capitalised in the resulting set, Matt Parcell collecting and touching down Mikey Lewis’ grubber kick.

Lachlan Coote missed the conversion but KR thought they’d doubled their advantage when Frankie Halton touched down his own grubber kick. However, despite on field referee Chris Kendall provisionally sending it up as a try, video referee Tom Grant judged Halton had knocked on.

The Robins then demonstrated strong goal-line defence by forcing Innes Senior into touch and Oliver Russell was shut down on the last tackle. KR went close twice again when Lewis’ grubber evaded Ethan Ryan before Jimmy Keinhorst was forced into touch when diving for the corner.

Huddersfield scored their first points of the afternoon on the half-hour mark through centre Leroy Cudjoe who touched down Tui Lolohea’s grubber kick. With a suspicion of a knock on, Kendal sent it up to Grant once more who again favoured the Giants.

Will Pryce converted and the visitors led 10-4 at the break when the stand-off’s chip over early in the tackle count evaded Keinhorst and bounced perfectly for Cudjoe to score. If the first half started perfectly for Rovers, the second half began disastrously as a short kick-off was batted back by Ryan and collected by Luke Yates who sprinted 60m to score.

In the next set, the Giants were in control at 20-4 when Josh Jones’ half break saw a series of offloads find the ball in Ricky Leutele’s hands who beat the defence to score. From a scrum, Jermaine McGillvray broke a tackle and offloaded to Cudjoe to complete his hat-trick and the score was 26-4.

Pryce scored himself when he stepped his way over and McGillvray did likewise to take the score to 38-4. KR added a late consolation when Matty Storton barged his way over under the sticks. 

Good Day

While Matt Parcell was the man of the match for KR, Ethan Ryan impressed with 203 metres gained in attack and stopping Innes Senior scoring twice in the corner. After an extended run in the team, Ryan has been a standout in recent weeks for the Robins

Bad Day

Both Ryan Hall and George King sustained injuries early in the game with Hall picking up a rib issue and King not being risked in the second half with a hamstring issue, Both players are key to the Robins’ go-forward and without them on the field, the hosts lacked a significant punch down the middle.

Bigger Picture

A trip to Toulouse beckons the Robins followed by a showdown with Hull FC in Newcastle the following week. The next two weeks ae crucial to KR’s playoff ambitions and momentum heading into the Autumn.

Hull KR

Lachlan Coote, Ethan Ryan, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Rowan Milnes, Mikey Lewis, George King, Matt Parcell, Matty Storton, Frankie Halton, Dean Hadley, Elliot Minchella

Bench: Albert Vete, Jez Litten, Jimmy Keinhorst, Greg Richards

Huddersfield Giants

Tui Lolohea, Jermaine McGillvary, Cudjoe, Leutele,, Innes Senior, Oliver Russell, Will Pryce, Oliver Wilson, Danny Levi, Michael Lawrence, Josh Jones, Chris McQueen, Matty English

Bench: Joe Greenwood, Owen Trout, Ashton Golding, Luke Yates

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