Rovers Stun League Leaders At Headingley

03
Sep
Category: On The Pitch

Rovers Stun League Leaders At Headingley

Hull KR pulled off a shock 34-18 win over Wigan Warriors at Headingley to bring an end to their seven-game losing streak.

Here’s the verdict.

Analysis

The Robins weren’t given a hope of beating Wigan before the game, but they pulled off one of the results of the season so far to stun the league leaders at Headingley.

Having seen a try ruled out in the corner for a forward pass, Wigan were the first side on the scoreboard as Sam Powell made the most of their early dominance to power through a gap and over.

But it wasn’t long until Rovers found a bit of joy and it came from nothing, really. Jez Litten was the brains behind it, picking the ball up at dummy half and darting through a hole in the Wigan line. He squared up Bevan French before putting Elliot Minchella over the line.

Before long KR were celebrating a second as fast hands allowed Greg Minkin to exploit an overlap and touch down in the corner to give Rovers a lead which many thought was beyond them at Headingley.

Clever play from Jordan Abdull put Minchella over for his second of the game, rounding French from 20 yards to touch down.

Wigan hit back through Harry Smith in the corner after a defensive mix up, but KR were good value for their lead with Abdull and Mikey Lewis pulling the strings and encouraging the expansive play Rovers are becoming known for.

Abdull was at it again before the first half was out latching onto an offload from Kane Linnett and freeing Minikin for his second with a looping cut out pass to give the Robins an unlikely 10 point lead at the break.

KR didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half either. Within minutes of the restart, Linnett flicked Abdull’s kick back into the half-back’s hands and the former London Broncos man teed up Dean Hadley to score.

Then, Minikin completed his hat-trick after some fine work from Linnett and Will Dagger in the corner.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall was sent the sin-bin late in the game and Jackson Hastings immediately took advantage to touch down, but by then it was too little, too late as Rovers stood firm in the second half to cap a fine performance with some gritty defensive work.

Key moment

Rovers were dominant in the first half, but few expected them to continue that form after the break. However, within minutes they were celebrating once more and from there, there was only going to be one winner.

Good day for

Jordan Abdull. What a performance from the half-back on his return to the side. He was involved in everything Rovers did well on the night.

Bad day for

Wigan. The league leaders were heavy favourites on the night, but they were stunned and outplayed by the plucky and resolute Robins.

Bigger picture

KR were always likely to get a result sooner or later with this expansive style and they were good value for it against Wigan on the back of a short turnaround.

It was described as a free-hit by Ethan Ryan before the game, but ending their seven-game losing streak is bound to have a positive effect.

Scorers

Hull KR

Tries: Minchella (2), Minikin (3), Hadley

Goals: Lewis (2/3) Dagger (2/3), Abdull (1/1)

Wigan

Tries: Powell, Smith, Hastings

Goals: Hardaker (3/3)

Teams

Hull KR: Will Dagger; Ethan Ryan, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Kane Linnett, Greg Minikin; Jordan Abdull, Mikey Lewis; Weller Hauraki, Jez Litten, George Lawler; Matty Storton, Dean Hadley; Elliot Minchella

Bench: Daniel Murray, Harvey Livett, Nathaniel Peteru, Joe Keyes

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French; Dom Manfredi, Zak Hardaker, Oliver Gildart, Jake Bibby; Jackson Hastings, Harry Smith; Liam Byrne, Sam Powell, Ben Flower; Willie Isa, Liam Farrell; Oliver Partington

Bench: Amir Bourouh, Joe Shorrocks. Joe Greenwood, Mitch Clark

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