Ruddy’s Review: Injury positives, Hall and Keinhorst combine and raising intensity

Category: On The Pitch

Ruddy’s Review: Injury positives, Hall and Keinhorst combine and raising intensity

As part of a brand new feature on, KCOM Craven Park stadium announcer Neil Rudd gives his review after Hull KR’s 14-10 Coral Challenge Cup win over Leigh Centurions.

The biggest positive

We’re in the hat for the sixth-round, which is great considering we trailed for large parts of the Leigh game, but for me the biggest positive was that no further injuries were picked up.

Mitch Garbutt was a late withdrawal from the 14-10 win due to a knee issue, with Owen Harrison making his debut on his 20th birthday, but aside from that, Rovers appear to have come through relatively unscathed.

The lack of recognised props meant players had to dig deep to make the hard yards so hats off to the team for a big effort in getting over the line.

Hall and Keinhorst’s combinations linking nicely

Will Dagger’s return to full-back allowed Craig Hall to move to the wing, in place of the injured Will Oakes (back).

Hall partnered Jimmy Keinhorst over on the left flank to great effect. The centre’s try three minutes before the half-time hooter came because of Hall’s audacious offload close to the touchline, meaning Keinhorst squeezed over.

Then, heading into the final ten minutes, Hall scored the winner, finishing off a free-flowing move from almost the entire team but the key assist came from Keinhorst, who broke the line to find Hall in support on his inside. Keep that going for the derby, boys!

Raising the intensity

Head coach Tim Sheens alluded to the fact pre-match that the Coral Challenge Cup fifth-round tie naturally doesn’t have the same build-up as a must-win Super League fixture – it is just human nature that you cannot be 100 per cent up for every game.

However the bar will be raised to its highest in the next week with the derby tie against Hull FC on the horizon.

All players, staff and members will be geared up for this one and whilst Thursday night’s tie resulted in a win, it’s evident the derby’s atmosphere and build-up will go up several gears. Here’s hoping our boys rise to the occasion!

Back To Latest News +