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Hull KR 21-8 Salford

Hull KR (0) 21
Tries: Galea, Cook, Welham Drop-goals: Dobson Goals: Dobson 4
Salford (8) 8
Tries: Anderson Goals: Holdsworth 2

Hull KR v Salford

Hull Kingston Rovers fought back from an 8-0 half-time deficit to overcome Salford City Reds and earn their fourth consecutive Super League win.

Vinnie Anderson gave the Reds an early lead as Daniel Holdsworth then added four points with his boot.

A Ben Galea try and two goals from Michael Dobson levelled the score before Matt Cook went over to put the Robins in front.

Dobson then added a drop-goal before Kris Welham made sure of the win.

The result meant new Reds coach Matt Parish suffered a losing start. The defeat was even more galling as his side had dominated the first half.

Anderson gave his new boss a perfect start, touching down after Holdsworth's clever kick had carved out an opening in the third minute.

Having added the extras, Holdsworth was again successful after Josh Hodgson was penalised for stipping the ball in the tackle.

Rovers then rallied but it took until the second half for them to get on the scoresheet, with Galea latching onto a Dobson pass and plunging over the line.

Dobson then kicked over to make it 8-6 before adding another two points with a penalty.

With 15 minutes left Rovers ensured they closed the gap on bitter rivals Hull FC to a single point as Cook went over with Dobson adding the extras and then kicking a drop-goal to give KR a seven-point advantage.

Welham then sealed the Robins' victory, boosting their play-off hopes, by grounding Dobson's kick to the corner before Dobson again converted.


Hull KR coach Justin Morgan:

"We are now just one point off the top eight and we still need to win at least a half of our remaining games.

"It was important for us to win and we knew our season was pretty much on the line in terms of the league and we had some difficult things to combat.

"We had to combat a new coach coming in which can often rejuvenate a team and give them energy. We did that well.

"It was a big game for both clubs and I thought we showed some good composure in the second half.

"We missed the boat defensively a little bit and we defended as well as we could've with them coming out of yardage in the first half."

Salford City Reds coach Matt Parish:

"We leaked 21 points in the second half and that's not good enough.

"I got a lot from the game, I just didn't get the two points.

"The effort was there particularly in defence but we didn't control the ball in the second half because of the wind.

"We didn't take our opportunities and we should have scored another couple of tries in the first half and we bombed another one in the second.

"Full credit to them, they played well. We have just got to win football games.

"One of the reasons I came early was to assess things and hit the ground running for next season."


Hull KR: Briscoe, Fox, Welham, Webster, Colbon, Murrell, Dobson, Vella, Hodgson, Netherton, Newton, Galea, Cook.
Replacements: Lovegrove, Taylor, Fisher, Latus.

Salford: Patten, Broughton, Anderson, Henry, Williams, Smith, Holdsworth, Cashmere, Godwin, Boyle, Neal, Nero, Wild.
Replacements: Sneyd, L. Adamson, Jewitt, Paleaaesina.

Attendance: 7,834.

Referee: Tim Roby (RFL).

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