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The Qualifiers Round 6 – Sheffield Eagles 28-38 Hull Kingston Rovers

For the second week running, Sheffield Eagles pushed a Super League side to their limits but couldn’t quite get on the right side of the scoreline. During the final quarter, the Robins scored 18 points without reply which gave them an insurmountable advantage. After ten minutes, Sheffield were in the lead through Eddie Battye’s powering drive to the whitewash. Over ten minutes later, however, came Rovers’ response as Ken Sio notched his first try of the evening. John Davies came on to the field before the half an hour mark, and his first tackle was ludicrously high so he was sent to the sin-bin. During Davies’ stint in the bin, Sheffield performed well and their defence wasn’t breached to the sound of any visiting points. Two tries just before half-time for Rovers gave them a major boost for the second half Maurice Blair and Sio, again, with the tries. The first try of the second period needed to go the way of Sheffield, and it did as full-back Quentin Laulu-Togagae swooped in. Sio produced his hat-trick try on 47 minutes, Hull KR just seemed to have too much talent for Sheffield to handle at times. Ryan Millar and Adam Walker exchanged scores for the hosts and visitors respectively, the final quarter was approaching and that’s when Chris Chester’s men came into their element. Kris Welham and Matty Marsh both touched down for the Super League side to extend the lead to 20 points but Sheffield didn’t die for the want of trying. Young Eagles winger Millar scored two tries in four minutes, but despite the match already being lost, there was a lot of positivity around Bramall Lane by the end of this match. As Hull KR go into the final week with an unblemished record, Sheffield have a big opportunity to upset the Wakefield applecart even more in round seven.

Prediction – Hull KR by 16

Result – Hull KR by 10

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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