Battling Hull KR suffer defeat at Wigan Warriors
Hull Kingston Rovers fell to a 36-18 defeat to Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium. See the match report below.
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Liam Marshall, Chris Hankinson, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, George Williams, Tommy Leuluai, Tony Clubb, Sam Powell, Oliver Partington, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies. SUBS: Joe Greenwood, Bevan French, Ben Flower, Liam Byrne.
Hull KR: Adam Quinlan, Ryan Shaw, Ben Crooks, Jimmy Keinhorst, Will Dagger, Mikey Lewis, Josh Drinkwater, Mose Masoe, Chris Atkin, Daniel Murray, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, Dean Hadley. SUBS: Kyle Trout, Robbie Mulhern, Jez Litten, Owen Harrison.
Wigan opened the scoring through superb solo play from George Williams, with Zak Hardaker converting after just five minutes. But Rovers hit back with debutant Mikey Lewis finding Ryan Shaw unopposed on the right edge to score and level proceedings, nailing a touchline conversion.
The Warriors capitalised on faulty KR defence and Liam Marshall touched down, Hardaker converting, for 12-6 in the opening quarter.
However Rovers levelled the scores with Lewis again having the assist for Ben Crooks’ touch-down two minutes from the half-time hooter, Shaw converting.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors 12 Hull KR 12
Rovers fell behind six minutes into the second half as Liam Farrell touched down close to the uprights, capitalising on a forward pass from the Robins. Hardaker goaled for 18-12.
However Josh Drinkwater touched down his lovely grubber kick after it confused the Wigan defenders. Shaw added the two for 18 apiece.
Wigan went back ahead through Joe Burgess on the left edge, as Hardaker converted brilliantly from the sidelines in a 24-18 scoreline.
The Warriors secured the spoils when Tony Clubb crashed over from close range, converted by Hardaker, before Farrell bagged his second as Rovers’ defence tired in the closing stages.
WIGAN WARRIORS 36
T: Williams, Marshall, Farrell 2, Burgess, Clubb
G: Hardaker 6/6
HULL KR 18
T: Shaw, Crooks, Drinkwater
G: Shaw 3/3
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