Match Report: Robins fall to Catalans after promising first half

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Match Report: Robins fall to Catalans after promising first half

Hull KR dished up a much-improved performance but ultimately fell to a 20-8 defeat at the hands of the Catalans Dragons.

The Robins needed a big performance after recent results and although they couldn’t scrape the win, there were plenty of positives to take.

It would be the Robins that struck first, after receiving a penalty for Ethan Ryan being taken out in the air, KR marched up the field and after a crafty chip on the last by Milnes, Crooks leaped the highest to score the first try of the game, Coote converted to make the game 6-0.

The Robins continued to build the pressure forcing the Dragons to knock on in their own half on the first tackle, and on the back of this would get the penalty for offside with the Robins opting to take the two points which Coote would convert and Hull KR lead 8-0.

On the back of the early lead, KR continued to win the arm wrestle in the opening 15 minutesThe Robins came close to scoring again playing some great off the cuff rugby on the last tackle, starting with a chip-over by Milnes followed up by some great passing resulting in Coote being held up just short in what was a very promising start so far.

Despite the good start, it would be the Dragons that scored next, with the away side running it on the last and Tom Davies scoring in the corner, Tomkins missed the conversion to make the score 8-4 to KR with a quarter of the game played.

Going into the final ten minutes of the first half the game was fairly even with both teams going set for set. It would be the Robins that would have to do the defending in the final minutes of the first half but that defence would hold as KR had an answer for everything Catalans threw at them.

The halftime whistle blew and the Robins took an 8-4 lead into the break, a very promising display in the first 40.

Coote would get the second half underway as the Robins look to build on a good, first half.

However, the Catalans Dragons scored first in the second half as a cut out pass by Will Dagger only found a Catalans man in Mathieu Laguerre who ran the full length of the field to score, Arthur Mourgue converted the try to take the score to 10-8 to the Dragons.

The Dragons would then strike again, flying up the pitch before Tomkins’ ball out wide found Fouad Yaha who ran 30 metres to score. Mourgue converted the try to extend Catalans lead to 16-8.

The Catalans Dragons then further extended their lead after the Robins attempted a short kick-off which didn’t go the ten which was followed up by another penalty for offside, the Dragons opted to take the two to make the score 18-8 to the Dragons.

Going into the last 15 minutes errors from both teams meant neither side was able to get on the front foot going into the final stages.

After a knock-on by KR, they then conceded a penalty for dissent which resulted in the Catalans Dragons further extending their lead by taking the two to put the score to 20-8 to the Dragons.

The Robins built some late pressure on the Dragons’ line going into the final couple of minutes but unfortunately, KR couldn’t find the breakthrough to put any more points on the board.

After a promising first half, Hull KR couldn’t capitalise in the second half and went down 20-8 to the Catalans Dragons.

Big Moment

The intercept by Mathieu Laguerre really took the sting out of the Robins which proved to be a game-defining moment.

Silver lining

Despite the defeat, there was a huge positive in the Hull KR camp on Saturday which was the return of Frankie Halton, once again not looking out of place against a huge Catalan pack despite the fact he was returning from a few weeks on the sideline in which deservedly earned him a man of the match performance.

Next up

The Robins can now rest and patch up, the Challenge Cup final being next week gives KR two weeks to prepare for a visit from the Salford Red Devils to Sewell Group Craven Park on Sunday 5 June.

Hull KR: Lachlan Coote, Ethan Ryan, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Will Dagger, Rowan Milnes, Will Maher, Jez Litten, George King, Dean Hadley, Luis Johnson, Elliot Minchella

Bench: Albert Vete, Matty Storton, Jimmy Keinhorst, Frankie Halton

Catalans: Sam Tomkins, Tom Davies, Matthieu Laguerre, Tyrone May, Fouad Yaha, Mitchell Pearce, Arthur Mourgue, Dylan Napa, Michael Mcilorum, Julian Bousquet, Matt Whitley, Benjamin Jullien, Ben Garcia

Bench: Gil Dudson, Mickael Goudemand, Jordan Dezaria, Sam Kasiano

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