Rovers Set Record Victory
On this day ….. 20 May
Eight years ago today, on 20 May 2012, Rovers recorded their biggest-ever Super League win when they hammered an injury-hit Castleford Tigers outfit 70-12. Rovers took full advantage of Castleford’s woes, made worse by unforced errors, and capitalised on a flying start to score 12 tries.
Castleford gifted Rovers a flying start when full-back Owen missed Craig Hall’s high kick in the third minute, and Shannon McDonnell had a clear run to the line. Michael Dobson converted and two minutes later released Kris Welham, who put David Hodgson in at the corner. Blake Green then produced a magnificent 40-20, then combined with McDonnell to create a try for Sam Latus in the other corner. Two top-class conversions gave Rovers an 18-0 lead in nine minutes. McDonnell then got a second from Dobson’s pass, before skipper captain Ben Galea waltzed around the defence and sent Hodgson in for his second. Dobson improved both to make it 30-0 after 21 minutes. McDonnell was denied a first-half hat-trick when he was ruled offside from Green’s kick, but Con Mika then put Welham in six minutes before the break. Castleford did get on the board just before half time, which arrived with Rovers leading 36-6.
Rovers were soon up-and-running in the second half when Galea and McDonnell combined to send in Hodgson for his hat-trick, whilst McDonnell completed his own treble from Dobson’s pass in the 55th minute. Substitute Scott Murrell then took a hand, creating tries for Lincoln Withers and Mika, and Rovers led 58-6 after 63 minutes. Griffin pulled a score back for the visitors before Hall and Hodgson added late tries, with Dobson concerting both.
David Hodgson became the third of only four players to score four tries for Rovers in a Super League game, and Dobson’s eleven goal tally remains the Robins’ SL best. Castleford did not provide a real test for Rovers that day, but the home side did all they could in turning in maintaining their concentration and putting in a high-class performance. Before the game, Rovers had won only five out of 13 league games that season; this win sent them on a four-match winning run, only for a disastrous end-of-season run to undo the good work started that day.
The Rovers team was – Shannon McDonnell; Sam Latus, Craig Hall, Kris Welham, David Hodgson; Blake Green, Michael Dobson; Micky Paea, Josh Hodgson, Scott Taylor, Con Mika, Ben Galea, Rhys Lovegrove. Bench: Scott Murrell, Lincoln Withers, Ryan O’Hara, Joel Clinton.
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