HULL KR 54-6 WAKEFIELD WILDCATS
Hull KR 54 (20)
Tries: Welham, Mantellato (2), Kelly, Horne, Dixon (2), Sio, Boudebza, McCarthy
Goals: Mantellato (7)
Wakefield 6 (6)
Hull KR bounced back from last Thursday’s humiliating 60-0 defeat to Wigan by thrashing Wakefield 54-6 at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Two tries from Josh Mantellato and Kieran Dixon, as well as scores from Kris Welham, Albert Kelly, Graeme Horne, Ken Sio, John Boudebza and Tyrone McCarthy ensured an emphatic win for the Robins, with Joe Arundel’s first half try a mere consolation for the visitors.
Both teams went in to the match on the back of heavy defeats last weekend but it was Hull KR who showed the determination and ability to return to winning ways.
Boosted by the return of captain Terry Campese and Josh Mantellato, the Robins made the better start and were ahead on 12 minutes through a try for Kris Welham. Prop Adam Walker’s floating pass out wide saw the winger go over and open the scoring.
Mantellato missed the Wigan defeat last weekend to be the best man at his brother’s wedding in Australia, but the winger showed no signs of fatigue scoring 22 points on the night. His first try came on 17 minutes with a looping pass out to the wing from Ben Cockayne allowing the Australian the space to go over in the corner.
Mantellato missed the first two conversions however and when Joe Arundel deceived the Hull KR defence to go over for Wakefield five minutes later they were only two points behind and still very much in the contest.
It was all one-way traffic after that however with Albert Kelly utilising his pace and Mantellato adding his second in the corner to take the half-time scoreline to 20-6.
The Robins then heaped more misery on Wakefield after the interval. Graeme Horne latched onto the end of Kelly’s grubber kick on 49 minutes to extend their lead.
Campese’s huge influence on the side was becoming evident and when the stand-off’s kick into the corner was fumbled by Chris Riley, Kieran Dixon pounced for his first try of the evening.
The full-back then added his second five minutes later to end any hopes Wildcats fans had of taking something from the match.
Scores in the final quarter from Ken Sio, Tyrone McCarthy and John Boudebza’s first Super League try sealed an emphatic win and restored the Robins’ hopes of a top eight finish.
For Wakefield it was an 11th consecutive defeat in the league for James Webster’s men and a Challenge Cup tie against Championship side Leigh Centurions next weekend may provide more fears for the Wildcats than respite.