Hull KR dump Salford Red Devils out of Coral Challenge Cup with 32-18 win
Hull Kingston Rovers booked their place in the Coral Challenge Cup quarter-final draw after beating Salford Red Devils 32-18 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Here’s the match report.
Captain Joel Tomkins and prop Ryan Lannon returned to Rovers’ line-up, with Shaun Lunt and Will Dagger missing out on selection from the 19-man squad.
Salford included six former Rovers players in Kris Welham, Ken Sio, George Griffin, Tyrone McCarthy, Greg Burke and Adam Walker.
Salford Red Devils: Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Krisnan Inu, Kris Welham, Ken Sio, Rob Lui, Jackson Hastings, Lee Mossop, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Jake Bibby, George Griffin, Greg Burke. SUBS: Adam Walker, Dan Murray, Josh Wood, Tyrone McCarthy.
Hull KR: Craig Hall, Ryan Shaw, Jimmy Keinhorst, Ben Crooks, Junior Vaivai, Danny McGuire, Josh Drinkwater, Owen Harrison, Danny Addy, Robbie Mulhern, Kane Linnett, Joel Tomkins, George Lawler. SUBS: Adam Rooks, Chris Atkin, Weller Hauraki, Ryan Lannon.
Rovers went ahead in just the sixth minute as Kane Linnett got onto a simple kick from Danny McGuire, with Ryan Shaw converting for 6-0 in as many minutes.
However Salford struck back with three tries before the break. First, Krisnan Inu finished a left-to-right move but missed his own conversion. Niall Evalds then bounced off a couple of defenders to score, with Inu unsuccessful from the boot once more.
Then, Welham was fed by Sio on the left edge to go in for the third of the afternoon, converted by Inu, for a 14-6 half-time lead.
Inu added a penalty goal five minutes into the second half for 16-6, but Josh Drinkwater’s try under the posts was duly converted by Shaw to reduce the arrears to four points.
Another Inu penalty put Salford 18-12 ahead but that was as good as it got for the hosts.
First, Junior Vaivai finished a sensational move from the Robins, latching onto Craig Hall’s kick to the right corner to ground just in time.
Then Danny Addy’s try from dummy-half put Rovers 24-18 ahead, with Shaw maintaining his 100 per cent record, and the kicker added a further two for 26-18 with just five minutes remaining.
The icing was on the cake just before the final hooter as Weller Hauraki scored against his former club for 32-18.
Salford tries: Inu (15), Evalds (25), Welham (36)
Salford goals: Krisnan Inu (3/5)
Hull KR tries: Linnett (7), Drinkwater (51), Vaivai (58), Addy (63), Hauraki (80)
Hull KR goals: Shaw (6/6)