Match Report: Positives for Robins in close St. Helens’ Defeat

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Match Report: Positives for Robins in close St. Helens’ Defeat

The Robins fell to a 26-18 defeat at the home of defending Super League champions, St. Helens. However, the defeat brought plenty of positives as the Robins produced a gutsy performance at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

It was a nightmare start for the Robins, as St Helens broke through on the first set of the game. After keeping the ball alive Tommy Makinson went over for the Saints, but he couldn’t convert his own try to make the early score 4-0.

The Robins took the advantage next, as Jack Welsby was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul on former teammate, Lachlan Coote. It would be that man that struck next, the former Saint scooted on the last tackle to find a gap and score for KR, the fullback converted his try to make the score 6-4 to the Robins.

The record-breaking appearance maker, James Roby that would score next. Darting from dummy half to score under the sticks, Makinson didn’t miss this conversion to make the score 10-6 to the Saints.

St Helens scored again following a monster run from Alex Walmsley, before getting the offload away to Morgan Knowles to go in under the sticks. Makinson converted again to make the score 16-6 to St Helens.

The Robins hit straight back though after a knock-on by Walmsley, followed by a penalty for offside. The Robins spread the ball out wide and Ryan Hall scored in the corner for KR. Coote converted his second to make the score 16-12 to the Saints with the final ten minutes of the first half approaching.

After three consecutive s’ix again’s, St Helens were awarded a penalty on the hooter while Matt Parcell was sent to the sin bin for holding down. St. Helens opted to take to two and Makinson converted to make the half-time score 18-12 to St. Helens.

Makinson got the second half underway, as the Robins look to build on a promising first half in St Helens.

St Helens would be the first to score in the second half. After a fiery opening few minutes, Hurrell made the break and on the next tackle a Saints’ chip and chase found Ben Davies who scored for the hosts. Makinson missed the conversion to make the score 22-12 to St. Helens.

With the game heading into the last 20, it was set for set with no stoppages. The Robins looked like they scored next through Litten, but the ball from Lewis was deemed to have gone forward.

Hull KR then forced the repeat set. After a Parcell break, he chipped through to almost find Lewis who then forced the dropout for the Robins.

Unfortunately, though, KR couldn’t build on the pressure. After a knock-on from Ethan Ryan, St Helens charged up the field which resulted in Konrad Hurrel finding a looping pass from centre field and going over for the Saints. Makinson missed the conversion attempt and the score was now 26-12 to St. Helens.

The Robins hit back through as SKD grubbered the ball through the Saints’ defence and Lachlan Coote was the quickest the respond, scoring his second of the afternoon and then converting his own try to make the game 26-18 to the Saints.

The final whistle blew at St. Helens with the final score 26-18 to Saints, but the effort from Hull KR was outstanding.

Plenty of positives

Despite the defeat, the Robins can take plenty of positives from this game. KR stayed in the arm wrestle for the full 80 minutes against the three-peat Super league champions which should please head coach Tony Smith. In defence, each player stood up for one another and looked sharp in attack.

Next up

The Robins can now rest up and enjoy a week off before welcoming Huddersfield Giants to Sewell Group Craven Park. It’s bound to be a physical encounter as KR look to take revenge for their semi-final defeat.

Hull KR: Lachlan Coote, Ethan Ryan, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Mikey Lewis, Rowan Milnes, Matty Storton, Matt Parcell, George King, Luis Johnson, Frankie Halton, Dean Hadley

Bench: Albert Vete, Jez Litten, Elliot Minchella, Jimmy Keinhorst

St Helens: Will Hopoate, Tommy Makinson, Konrad Hurrell, Ben Davies, Regan Grace, Jack Welsby, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, James Bell, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles

Bench: Joey Lussick, Agnatius Paasi, Jake Wingfield, Dan Norman

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