Match Report: Giants put Robins to the sword in Semi-Final defeat

07
May
Category: On The Pitch

Match Report: Giants put Robins to the sword in Semi-Final defeat

Hull KR bowed out of the 2022 Challenge Cup with an uninspiring 25-4 defeat to Huddersfield Giants, who will play Wigan Warriors in the final in three weeks time.

Tony Smith made four changes to the side that lost to Leeds last week, with Will Dagger, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Kane Linnett and Jez Litten all returning for the Robins.

After a shaky start to the game for the Robins, with sloppy errors and poor decision making hindering their early momentum. Huddersfield opened the scoring after Josh Jones sliced through some poor KR defence. After that, things went from bad to worse for KR as Kane Linnett only lasted 15 minutes before being replaced by Jez Litten.

Innes Senior then added some salt into the wounds of Hull KR when the winger raced 100m down the field to double the lead for Ian Watson’s side after a Jordan Abdull kick went into the hands of the Giants.

Hull KR were masters of their own downfall in the first half, with Jordan Abdull and Ben Crooks blowing two golden opportunities close to the Giants’ line. The Robins’ were clueless during the first 40 and had the chance to reduce the deficit just before the hooter, but it was to no avail and they trailed 12-0 at the interval.

KR needed to start the second half on the front foot. Still, any form of a comeback was cut short just two minutes into the second 40, as some questionable defending from the Robins let Mcgillvary coast through some scrambling efforts to make it 18-0. Oliver Wilson slotted an extra two points making it a four-score game after persistent penalties against KR

Owen Trout got his name on the scoresheet next after crashing over from short range. Theo Fages added insult to injury with a drop-goal on 61 minutes.

Huddersfield bossed all aspects of the contest and deserved the win, with KR scoring a consolation try at the end through Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Up next, a trip to Castleford awaits Tony Smith’s men, whose focus now turns solely towards the Super League, with their cup dream over for another year.

Hull KR Team

Will Dagger, Ethan Ryan, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Rowan Miles, Jordan Abdull, Matty Storton, Matt Parcell, George King, Kane Linnett, Dean Hadley, Elliot Minchella

Bench: Jez Litten, Korbin Sims, Greg Richards, Jimmy Keinhorst

Huddersfield Giants Team

Tui Lolohea, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Ricky Leutele, Innes Senior, Oliver Russell, Theo Fages, Chris Hill, Dany Levi, Oliver Wilson, Josh Jones, Chris McQueen, Luke Yates

Bench: Seb Ikahihifo, Joe Greenwood, Owen Trout, Ashton Golding

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