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The Million Pound Game Preview

Hull Kingston Rovers play host to Salford Red Devils in this year’s Million Pound Game, the winner will retain their Super League status while the loser has to ponder life in the Kingstone Press Championship for at least one season. The Robins lost in agonising fashion to Huddersfield Giants in their last match while Salford got the better of Batley Bulldogs.

Hull KR were beaten 23-22 at the KCOM Lightstream Stadium as Huddersfield sealed their spot in next year’s Super League. Ryan Brierley broke the deadlock after five minutes for the Giants before Maurice Blair responded with a four pointer of his own. Leroy Cudjoe, Brierley and Aaron Murphy all got on the scoresheet for the Giants before half-time as the visitors went 22-4 ahead. Ben Cockayne was sin-binned in the 31st minute and Murphy capitalised with a try just one minute later. In the second half, Ken Sio, Mitch Allgood and Iain Thornley got Hull KR back into the match as they levelled the score at 22-22 on 61 minutes. However, the twist in the tale came later on in the final quarter when Danny Brough slotted over a drop goal despite the protests of the hosts who thought the ball didn’t go in-between the sticks. Terry Campese then hit the post in an attempt to level matters on 77 minutes before Thomas Minns had a try disallowed for a push in back-play on Jake Connor.

Salford ran out 42-14 winners against Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. Ian Watson’s men were 34-4 up at half-time after attacking down the slope. Gareth O’Brien, Junior Sa’u, Greg Johnson, Josh Griffin all found their way over the whitewash while Weller Hauraki added a brace. Wayne Reittie bagged Batley’s only try of the first period. Reittie doubled his tally with the first try of the second half prior to Robert Lui crossing in the final quarter. Chris Ulugia and O’Brien exchanged tries in the dying embers of the game as Salford warmed up for the Million Pound Game with a professional performance.

Hull KR have made one change to last week’s squad as James Greenwood, who was injured against Huddersfield, is replaced by French international Kevin Larroyer.

Hull KR’s squad is as follows..

Allgood, Blair, Campese, Clarkson, Cockayne, Dixon, Donaldson, Horne, Jubb, Lunt, Larroyer, Mantellato, Marsh, Minns, Peacock, Sio, Thornley, Tilse, Walker.

Meanwhile, Salford have also made one change from the game against Batley with Craig Kopczak coming in for Adam Walne.

Salford’s squad is as follows.. 

Burgess, Dobson, Evalds, Flanagan, G Griffin, J Griffin, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Kenny, Krasniqi, Kopczak, Lui, Murdoch-Masila, O’Brien, Sa’u, Tomkins, Vidot, J Walne

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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