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The Qualifiers Round 4 – Hull Kingston Rovers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Preview

The only all Super League matchup in round four of the Qualifiers comes at the KC Lightstream Stadium as Hull KR take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The Robins were hammered at the national stadium last Saturday in the Challenge Cup Final. Wakefield’s last game came two weeks ago when they beat Leigh Centurions by one point.

Last Time Out

Hull Kingston Rovers were at Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final. They faced Leeds Rhinos, who were unstoppable on the day as they ran in 50 points to the Robins’ zero. Chris Chester’s Rovers were 16-0 down at half-time after tries from Brett Delaney, Danny McGuire and Tom Briscoe. In the second half, former Hull FC winger Briscoe added four more tries to bring up a record of five tries in a Challenge Cup Final. Other four-pointers for the Rhinos came from Brad Singleton and Rob Burrow. A game to forget for the Robins, who are now focused on keeping at the top of the Qualifiers table and securing their place in the 2016 First Utility Super League.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village by a solitary point. A Lee Smith drop-goal turned out to be the winner in the final quarter. The game was only five minutes old when the deadlock was broken by Smith, who continued his impressive form with a try. But Leigh hit back three times without reply. Fuifui Moimoi, Jonathan Pownall and Liam Kay all crossed the chalk to put their side out in front. Jacob Miller cut the deficit before half-time, and it was his try on 61 minutes which levelled the match. Smith’s winning one-pointer came with ten minutes to go so there was still time for the Centurions to steal the match but Wakefield held on.

Key Battle

At the KC Lightstream Stadium on Sunday, there’ll be a very interesting battle between two sets of no-nonsense prop forwards. Lumbering the ball upfield for the Rovers will, more than likely, be Adam Walker and Tony Puletua, while Wakefield selected Nick Scruton and Scott Anderson to start against Leigh in round three of the Qualifiers. The prop forwards on the bench for Rovers in the Challenge Cup Final included former Canberra stalwart Dane Tilse and Mitchell Allgood. Brian Smith chose one recognised prop forward for Wakefield’s interchange against Leigh. Anthony Mullally, who has signed for Leeds Rhinos from 2016 onwards, made an impact from the bench for the Wildcats. The Ireland international looks to be a very shrewd pickup by Wakefield for the remainder of this campaign.


Hull KR will be glad to be back on home turf after their Wembley woe. They’ve won three out of three in the Qualifiers so another win or two will see their Super League spot safe for another year. After a first round loss to Salford, Wakefield have bounced back and won two on the bounce. The Wildcats showed battling spirit to get over the line against Leigh in round three but they’ll need to counteract the threat of Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly if they’re to get anything out of this game – Hull KR by 14

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.

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