Rovers ease past Warrington


Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull KR shrugged off the absence of their inspirational captain Terry Campese to keep alive their top-eight hopes in the First Utility Super League with an impressive 36-10 win over faltering Warrington.

Rovers coach Chris Chester set his side the target of winning four of their last six matches to climb out of the bottom four and this could prove to be a huge result as they ran out comfortable six-try winners to draw level on points with eighth-placed Hull FC.

While the Robins are rocking, the Wolves are clearly reeling after collapsing to a third defeat in their last four games to lose more ground on the top four.

Warrington had a new half-back pairing in Declan Patton and Chris Bridge in the absence of Gareth O’Brien and Richie Myler but they were no match for Rovers’ Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly, who combined superbly, while Kieran Dixon made the most of his recall by producing a dazzling performance at full-back for the hosts.

There was little hint of the one-sided second half when powerful surges from Warrington’s front-row pair Ashton Sims and Chris Hill got the visitors on the front foot, and they combined for the first try of the game after hooker Daryl Clark had created the position by charging down Kelly’s attempted clearance kick.

Sims’ short ball got his fellow prop charging into a gap for only his third try of the season, which was goaled by Patton.

Rovers relied on the dashing runs of the ever-willing Kelly as they initially struggled for creativity in the absence of their skipper but they found a purple patch just before half-time to turn a 6-0 deficit into a 10-6 lead.

Kelly’s cut-out pass enabled centre Liam Salter to release Ken Sio and the winger evaded Stefan Ratchford’s last-ditch tackle to cross at the corner five minutes before the break for his 15th try of the season.

The home side needed a touch of good fortune for their second try, with Warrington captain Joel Monaghan safely gathering Kelly’s high kick but then losing the ball in Kris Welham’s thunderous challenge, enabling Blair to pick up and get winger Josh Mantellato over.

Mantellato kicked his first goal to open up a four-point interval lead and the home side re-emerged for the second half with their confidence renewed.

Dixon demonstrated electric footwork to cut a swathe through the heart of the Wolves defence before wrong-footing Ratchford on his way to the line.

Rovers were on a roll at that stage and they stretched their lead on 53 minutes when Sio palmed back Kelly’s high ball for Salter to touch down.

Mantellato kicked both conversions to make it 22-6 but winger Gene Ormsby gave Warrington renewed hope when he took Ratchford’s pass to go over at the corner for his side’s second try.

It proved to be only a minor irritation for Hull KR, however, as they cruised through the final quarter.

Another mazy run from deep by Dixon got them back on the attack and acting captain Tyrone McCarthy chased Kelly’s grubber kick on the last tackle to touch down against his old club while Welham went over on the crash ball for his side’s sixth try.

Mantellato kept the scoreboard ticking over with two penalties, taking his goal tally to six from eight attempts to put the seal on a tremendous win.

Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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