Match Report: KR go down to Leeds as playoffs loom
Hull KR face a trip to Warrington Wolves in the play-offs after a 36-12 defeat to fellow Grand Final hopefuls Leeds Rhinos confirmed a sixth-place finish.
Both teams went into the game assured of a top-six spot after Warrington Wolves ended Castleford Tigers’ hopes with a thrilling 40-24 win at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Thursday night.
Rovers reporter James O’Brien delivers the verdict from Headingley.
It always had the makings of an enthralling final round and the revised schedule only added to the drama.
Fans of KR and Leeds were mapping out their route to the Grand Final when Warrington went 32-0 up but at one stage in the second half the only thing they could see was the back of the sofa.
By the end, the overriding feeling was relief with the result not only securing top-six spots for both sides but ensuring there would be no repeat of those dramatic scenes at Headingley.
Still, there was a game to be won and it is Leeds who will head into the play-offs with momentum after taking control of a closely-fought contest leading into half-time.