Hull KR won for the first time in four games as they put on a clinical display to beat Huddersfield Giants 37-10.
A big second half from the Robins saw them brush aside the Huddersfield Giants in some style.
Having had the better of the opening minutes, Rovers fell behind to a Darnell McIntosh try against the run of play, but Joel Tomkins and the first of a double from Adam Quinlan put the Red and Whites into a 12-4 lead at the break.
Then, in the space of ten second-half minutes, the ruthless Robins put the game out of the visitors’ reach with a flurry of points that included a brace from Ryan Shaw, Quinlan’s second and one from Junior Vaivai.
Aaron Murphy crossed for a consolation try for Huddersfield eight minutes from time, but Rovers fittingly had the last word when Chris Atkin slotted over a drop-goal to complete a consummate performance from the Red and Whites.
WHAT WE’VE LEARNED
ROVERS STILL HAVE A CHANCE
Before the game the Robins knew they couldn’t afford another loss in their remaining three fixtures in Super League, and the win over Huddersfield keeps alive the possibility of sneaking into the top eight.
The return of McGuire, Lee and Mulhern looked to have given the squad the extra man-power to get the victory over an in-form Giants side.
THE COFFIN HASN’T BEEN NAILED YET
The game with 11th placed Hull KR was possibly Huddersfield’s best chance to strengthen their grip on a spot in the top eight of Super League, especially after Leeds Rhinos’ defeat to Wigan on Thursday (8-46) and Wakefield Trinity’s loss to league leaders St. Helens (30-36) on Friday.
Instead, the sixth, seventh and eighth spots remain up for grabs and Simon Woolford’s side will continue to battle with Leeds, Salford and Catalans, who could leapfrog the Giants if they beat Castleford on Saturday, as they look to avoid a relegation fight in the Qualifiers.
Man Of The Match – Junior Vaivai (Hull Kingston Rovers)
Plenty of candidates, but Vaivai’s power and attacking threat out wide saw him just edge it ahead of the likes of Danny McGuire and the bench quartet- who blew the Giants away when they came on.
Vaivai now has 7 tries and 5 assists in just nine games for Rovers and the USA international is fast becoming a fans favourite at the KCOM Craven Stadium.
Hull Kingston Rovers – 37
Tries: Tomkins (32), Quinlan (36, 48), Vaivai (44), Shaw (55, 58)
Goals: Shaw 6/6
Drop Goals: Atkin 1/1
Huddersfield Giants – 10
Tries: McIntosh (16), Murphy (72)
Goals: Russell 1/2
Drop Goals: N/A
Hull KR: Quinlan; Shaw, Blair, Vaivai, Salter; McGuire, Atkin; Scruton, Lee, Tickle, Greenwood, Tomkins, Clarkson.
Interchanges: Masoe, Lunt, Kavanagh, Mulhern.
Huddersfield Giants: Rankin, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Gaskell, McIntosh, Turner, Russell, Lawrence, Leeming, English, Mellor, Murphy, Hinchcliffe.
Interchanges: O’Brien, Ikahihifo, Smith, Roberts.
Referee: Scott Mikalauskas.
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