Rovers Shock The Saints

06
Jul
Category: Heritage

Rovers Shock The Saints

Six years ago today, on 6 July 2014, Rovers recorded their biggest win over St Helens for over 100 years with a 40-10 win in front of 7,611 fans at Craven Park in Chris Chester’s first match as first team coach. Chester had taken charge in a caretaker capacity after the sacking of Craig Sandercock in the week leading up to the game, and was confirmed in the role a few weeks later.

It took Rovers just six minutes to take the lead, Omari Caro being in the right place at the right time to pounce on a loose ball, kick it forward and juggle it before sprinting clear to score. Saints drew level in the 10th minute when Percival capitalised on a defensive lapse and sprinted 40 yards to touch down in the corner. Rovers were dominating position and possession, and made it count in the 25th minute, when Travis Burns escaped the clutches of two defenders to break clear and link with Josh Hodgson, who sent Caro in for his second try. With neither side having yet managed to kick a conversion, Rovers led 8-4. Nine minutes before the break, Craig Hall, who had announced that he was to join Wakefield in 2015, picked up a loose ball and raced in for a try that Burns converted. Rovers were good value for their 14-4 lead, but just before the break, Masoe used all his power to charge over near the posts and Percival converted to send the teams in at the break with the Robins leading 14-10.

Rovers got the all-important first score after the break, a brilliant individual effort from Graeme Horne, who ran 60 yards down the blind side after a Rovers scrum win. Burns again missed the kick, but he made some amends with a touchline conversion after Eden had created an overlap and sent Caro in for his hat-trick try on the hour. Rovers pressed home their advantage in the last quarter as Saints faded, Hall taking full advantage to score two more tries to complete his hat-trick. Eden completed the scoring with four minutes to go, and with Burns landing two more conversions, Rovers completed a deserved 40-10 victory over the league leaders.

Chester’s reign had got off to a perfect start, whilst Saints’ miserable run at Craven Park continued – they had failed to win on the ground in seven visits since 2008. The Rovers team on that afternoon was – Greg Eden; Omari Caro, Craig Hall, Kris Welham, David Hodgson; Travis Burns, Kris Keating; Mick Weyman, Josh Hodgson, Jason Netherton, Graeme Horne, Rhys Lovegrove, Aaron Ollett.  Bench: Keal Carlile, Jordan Cox, James Green, Kevin Larroyer.

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