Super League: Hull KR race away from London Broncos late on
Last Updated: 25/05/14 5:26pm
Craig Hall: One of three Hull KR players to score two tries
London Broncos are still looking for their first win of the First Utility Super League season after a 48-16 defeat to Hull KR at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
The Broncos have recently been showing signs of improvement under new coach Joe Grima and gave the Robins a second-half scare on Saturday, but ultimately remain without a point after 14 league matches.
On-loan St Helens winger Ade Gardner, Craig Hall and Josh Hodgson all touched down twice for Rovers, whose lead was only six points with 25 minutes remaining, while there were also tries for Neville Costigan, Adam Walker and Kevin Larroyer.
Travis Burns added six conversions as Craig Sandercock's side moved back into the play-off places. Alex Foster grabbed a brace of tries for London and Denny Solomona also went over.
It was a cagey opening from both sides with the hosts, who won the Hull derby on Magic Weekend last time out, particularly guilty of several handling errors.
But Rovers hit their stride in the 17th minute when an initial burst down the right from Kris Keating laid the perfect platform, and they duly took advantage as Costigan offloaded to Hodgson to touch down.
Only superb intervention from the backtracking Solomona prevented Gardner from grounding his side's second try immediately afterwards, yet the hosts would not be denied as from the next set of six as Costigan went over under the posts.
London did stem the tide and got on the scoreboard when Solomona dived over on the left after collecting a short pass from Scott Moore, but their deficiencies were exposed once again when replacement Walker pierced another gap in the defence to score on his return from injury.
The visitors were undone once again when Ben Cockayne cleverly dummied from deep and with the defence struggling to regroup, Gardner did well to take Burns' pass well above his head to touch down in the right corner.
Burns could not maintain his accuracy with the conversion attempt as Hull KR went in at half-time with a comfortable 22-4 lead.
But they were grateful for two wasteful errors from London either side of half-time, Mason Caton-Brown being denied a try after the referee had ruled he had collected a forward pass and Solomona then knocking on after the restart with the line gaping.
The Broncos did keep up the pressure and were rewarded when loose forward Foster went over after Hull KR had allowed an up and under from Josh Drinkwater to bounce.
Clearly buoyed by their score, London continued to push forward and Foster scored his second try after James Cunningham had jinked his way through the Hull KR defence.
Once more, though, London were undermined by their defence as they conceded possession deep in their own half after a knock-on, and a flowing move along the right ended with Larroyer scoring Hull KR's fifth try to give them a 26-16 lead.
And London's hopes of overhauling the deficit where killed off when Gardner scored his second try following a concerted spell of pressure from Hull KR, who finished with a flourish thanks to two tries from Hall and one from Hodgson.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield 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 2014, round 14
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