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Hull FC 22-34 Hull KR

Hull FC (14) 22
Tries: Yeaman 2, Radford, Sharp Goals: Tickle 3
Hull KR (18) 34
Tries: Green, Newton, Galea 2, Welham 2Goals: Dobson 4, Welham

Hull KR celebrate
Kris Welham (second left) is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring one of his brace of tries in Hull KR's victory over local rival Hull FC in Cardiff

By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

Hull Kingston Rovers showed that September's play-off derby win was no fluke as they again had the edge on Hull to close Magic Weekend in Cardiff.

Hull FC looked on course for victory when tries from Kirk Yeaman and Lee Radford carved an early 14-0 lead.

But Blake Green, Clint Newton and Ben Galea hit back to help Justin Morgan's Rovers lead 18-14 at the break.

And Galea's second try, coupled with two from centre Kris Welham, helped them to an ultimately comfortable win.

Rovers had won surprisingly easily, 21-4, at the KC Stadium when the two sides last met in the play-offs in September.

And it initially looked as if Richard Agar's side were ready to wreak their revenge.

There was only one team in the last of this year's season-opening seven-match Millennium Magic extravaganza, as FC roared into a 14-0 lead inside the first 13 minutes.

Centre Yeaman's fourth-minute try was quickly followed by a second from prop Radford.

Danny Tickle improved both before kicking a penalty to send his side three scores clear.

But Rovers had won their two previous Magic Weekend matches in Cardiff - and they were destined to make it a treble.

The fightback began on 21 minutes when new signing Green marked his debut with a try.

Michael Dobson landed the goal, before doing the same again eight minutes later when second row forward Newton added Rovers' second try.

And, just three minutes later, Newton's second row partner Galea got in on the scoring act too, again improved by the reliable Dobson's left boot for an 18-14 half-time lead.

Rovers got breathing space for the first time six minutes into the second half when Galea galloped in for his second try, Dobson for once missing the conversion.

But, on 55 minutes, it was 28-14 when, fed by scrum-half Dobson's brilliantly-timed short pass, centre Welham sped in for his side's fifth try.

Dobson was injured in the build-up by Sean Long's desperate attempt to get in a tackle, leaving Welham to improve his own try.

Rovers were now the ones three scores clear, but St Helens and Leeds had both shown the way back from similar deficits this weekend.

And, when Long finally came alive to set up Will Sharp for the Black and Whites' third try, there was cause for hope again at 28-18, with 10 minutes left.

At a time when his fitness and long-term future have been questioned, the 34-year-old rolled back the years with a lightning sideways burst, employing sufficient sleight of hand to feed an opening for debutant Sharp in the right corner.

But Tickle missed the kick and, instead, Welham settled it with his second try.

Yeaman then got a second try of his own to allow FC the final word. But this was Rovers' day again.


Hull KR coach Justin Morgan:
"It's always nice to start with a win, especially when you've been 14-0 down.

"But, to be honest, I never actually felt that uncomfortable.

"We changed it round with our interchanges - and we need to give full credit to our substitutes.

"It's not often said how hard it is to come off the bench and play at this level, but the four lads we brought on all did very well."

Hull coach Richard Agar:
"We started well but I'm disappointed that, when the momentum went against us, we did not ride it very well.

"Hull KR are a very good side and, when they get down that end, they execute very well.

"But we know we need to raise the bar a bit."


Hull FC: Whiting, Sharp, T. Briscoe, Yeaman, Lyne, Turner, Long, O'Meley, Houghton, Radford, Manu, Tickle, Fitzgibbon.

Replacements: Dowes, Moa, Lauaki, Westerman.

Hull KR: Briscoe, Fox, Welham, Webster, Colbon, Green, Dobson, Vella, Fisher, Clinton, Newton, Galea, Murrell.

Replacements: Hodgson, Wheeldon, Watts, Cockayne.

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Referee: Phil Bentham (Warrington)



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