Magic Delight Over The Black & Whites
On this day ….. 17 May
Six years ago today, Rovers beat Hull FC 38-24 in glorious sunshine at the Etihad Stadium, on the same day as Hull City took on the Gunners in the FA Cup final. It was Rovers’ fifth win in six Magic Weekend clashes.
With Travis Burns prominent, Rovers dominated the early stages and at just over the quarter mark led 18-0. Liam Salter touched down twice, with a Kevin Larroyer effort sandwiched between them. The temperature rose amongst the players too, when Burns was fouled off the ball in the build-up to the first try. Hull FC finally got themselves going and Hadley broke through to score, although he was injured in an unusual tackle attempt by Cockayne. Cockayne and Salter then put their bodies on the line to stop Ellis from touching down, but Yeaman put Shaul in just on half-time, Miller cut the gap to 18-12, and it was a nervous interval for those from East Hull.
Burns’ penalty early in the second half gave Rovers some breathing space, and with half an hour left, the Black & Whites were reduced to 12 men when Jason Crookes was dismissed for a late, high challenge on Salter. Ade Gardner immediately made them pay, scoring in the very corner that Crookes had vacated. Yet again, Danny Houghton scored against the Robins, this time diving over from close range, and it was 26-18. Then, when Palea’aesina used his weight to drive over and Miller’s conversion pulled the Airlie Birds back to within two points, many though they were going to defy their numerical disadvantage and register a remarkable comeback. But Gardner had other ideas, and his try, converted by Burns, all but settled it. In the dying stages, Josh Hodgson claimed the try his performance deserved, Burns kicked his seventh goal of the afternoon, and the Robins’ fans started their liquid celebrations.
The Rovers team that day was – Ben Cockayne; Ade Gardner, Liam Salter, Kris Welham, David Hodgson; Travis Burns, Kris Keating; Michael Weyman, Josh Hodgson, Jason Netherton, Graeme Horne, Kevin Larroyer, Neville Costigan. Bench: Johnny Walker, Jamie Langley, Rhys Lovegrove, James Green.
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