Super League: Hull KR pushed all the way by Castleford Tigers
Last Updated: 25/03/13 7:41am
Hull KR made it three straight Super League home wins following a hard-fought 26-22 success over the Castleford Tigers at New Craven Park.
Craig Sandercock's men dominated for large periods and while Castleford twice fought back and threatened to claim the points in East Yorkshire their comeback fell just short.
Rovers were quicker out of the blocks and opened the scoring when Travis Burns' grubber kick was blocked by Rangi Chase, he re-gathered to score from close range. The youngster then added the extras.
The home side moved 10 points clear when Kris Welham pounced on Michael Dobson's angled kick. This time Burns was unable to convert.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard when David Hodgson made a meal of Jordan Tansey's kick which allowed Kirk Dixon to score the easiest of tries. Four became six when Dixon slotted home from the touchline.
Hodgson atoned for his earlier mistake by scoring Hull KR's third try of the night. Four straight penalties hampered Castleford and the winger was on the end of a flowing move involving Dobson, Greg Eden and Welham.
Castleford finished the half in the ascendancy with tries from Jake Webster, against his former club, and Richard Owen giving Ian Millward's troops a two-point half-time advantage.
Hull KR began the second half like the first with the opening two scores. Josh Hodgson showed great strength to muscle his way over from close range before Craig Hall latched onto Burns' well-placed grubber kick. Burns converted both tries for their second ten-point lead of the game.
Castleford fought back once again and again their try came from an Eden mistake. The full-back allowed Tansey's bomb to bounce and it was a favourable bounce for the visitors with Daryl Clark pouncing to score. Dixon's extras cut Rovers' lead to four points.
Millward's men suffered a blow when influential centre Webster, who was having a strong game on the left, was forced from the field of play after injuring his elbow making a tackle.
Hull KR missed the chance to pad out their advantage in the closing stages when Burns failed to convert a penalty following Weller Hauraki's shoulder charge on the fifth tackle, although it it did not matter as there was no further scoring.
First Utility Super League
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round eight
Brian McDermott says the weekend postponement of the Super League clash with Wakefield may have been good for Leeds.
Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock was glad to see his side come through a close game as they held off Castleford 26-22.
Wakefield's derby with Leeds on Sunday has been postponed - the second time the clash has fallen victim to the weather.
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