Rovers rewind: Tony Smith’s first encounters with Hull KR 17 years ago

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Rovers rewind: Tony Smith’s first encounters with Hull KR 17 years ago

Our new head coach, Tony Smith, first faced Hull KR was on March 10, 2002 securing a slim 6-2 victory at Craven Park but it was May 26, 2002, when 4,352 spectators watched his Huddersfield Giants side beat the Robins comprehensively to lift the Buddies National League Cup trophy at Featherstone.

It was a  32-6 success for the Giants, who were relegated from the Super League the season previous, and went on to secure their place back in the top-flight following an unbeaten campaign that term.

Darren Turner crossed for the opening try on nine minutes, before Chris Thorman and Paul Reilly, coupled with Steve Mcnamara’s three goals, put Huddersfield 18-0 ahead at the break.

Rovers scored through Bob Everett on 54 minutes, Chris Charles converting, but Rob Roberts and ex-Robins man Graeme Hallas made sure of the victory – somewhat soured by former KR star Stanley Gene’s dismissal for a trip on winger Alasdair McClarran four minutes from time.

Huddersfield Giants: Paul Reilly, Hefin O’Hare, Eorl Crabtree, Ben Cooper, Matthew Whittaker, Stanley Gene, Chris Thorman, Michael Slicker, Darren Turner, Jeff Wittenberg, David Atkins, Rob Roberts, Steve McNamara. SUBS: Heath Cruckshank, Paul March, Andy Rice, Graeme Hallas.

Hull KR: Bob Everitt, Alex Godfrey, Lynton Stott, Whetu Taewa, Alasdair McClarran, Mark Cain, Dane Dorahy, Richard Hayes, Mike Dixon, Richard Wilson, Jon Wilkin, Matt Schultz, Chris Charles. SUBS: Jimmy Walker, Craig Farrell, Paul Fletcher, David Luckwell.

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