Super League: Hull KR claim Magic Weekend victory over local rivals
Last Updated: 17/05/14 8:01pm
Hull Kingston Rovers secured another derby victory, beating Hull FC 38-24 against the surreal backdrop of Hull City playing in an FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon.
Normally a clash between KR and FC would be the hottest ticket in Hull but, with the Tigers in action at Wembley with an identical kick-off time, this was not a regular derby match.
This game alone would have been enough to be a headline-grabber in the city, though, with KR seeing off 12-man FC for a fifth win over them in six Magic Weekend clashes.
By the time it kicked off Hull City were already 1-0 up and 2-0 ahead not long after. A united rendition of 'two-nil to the Hull City' did not prompt on-field harmony, though, and with 10 minutes gone punches were being thrown as KR went ahead.
Liam Salter dotted down in the corner but, earlier in the move, Travis Burns was tipped by Kirk Yeaman and plenty of players raced in to let off some steam before Burns added the extras.
Hull KR continued to dominate and with 20 minutes gone Kevin Larroyer scored the Robins' second try, beating a weak tackle from Jacob Miller to make good of a Josh Hodgson pass, with Burns again on the money with the goal.
Salter added a quickfire second, being in the right place after Burns and Kris Keating had torn down the middle.
Hull finally woke from the slumber at 18-0 as Dean Hadley broke through and survived an unorthodox attempted tackle by Ben Cockayne to bounce over, although he had to go off injured as a result.
Cockayne managed to make a difference as half-time approached, though, with he and Salter getting their bodies between Gareth Ellis and the floor as the Hull captain thought he had scored in the wake of Jacob Miller's kick coming loose.
Any unrest over that was forgotten a minute before the interval, though, as Jamie Shaul, one of 10 Hull natives on show, went in off the clean break by another, Kirk Yeaman. Miller kicked his second goal for an 18-12 scoreline at the buzzer.
Rovers were grateful of the chance to steady their ship with a penalty from Burns four minute after the restart, and their chances of maintaining that lead were improved dramatically with 30 minutes left as Jason Crookes saw red.
His head-high hit on Salter was certainly late and referee Richard Silverwood deemed it worthy of an early bath, with Crookes becoming the fifth player to be sent off at Magic Weekend.
Ade Gardner, with a fine sense of timing, then went in at the very corner where Crookes would have been defending.
Danny Houghton responded for Hull with a close-range drive over the line which came with them down to 11 men as Shaul limped off.
Comeback was now the watchword as Hull FC scored again, belying their numerical disadvantage. Iafeta Palea'aesina scored their next, using all off his ample weight to get over the line off a Miller pass as Larroyer clung on to his shirt.
But Gardner chimed in again to put FC and their grit to bed, with Hodgson then helping himself to a try his industry deserved, leaving those in the stands to wonder about another match.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan 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
Magic Weekend 2014, round 13
Jason Crookes will face a disciplinary committee to answer a Grade B charge following his sending-off at the weekend.
Stevo salutes Magic Weekend's 'rugby league bonanza' and hopes it can return to Etihad Stadium.
Highlights from Sunday's Magic Weekend matches including Huddersfield's win over Bradford.
- Wellens upset with loss
- Warrington back to their best
- Ferres return thrills Anderson
- Giants run riot against Bulls
- Tigers in talks over Sneyd
- Cas thrash woeful Wildcats
- Wane hails wounded Warriors
- Warriors battle past Rhinos
- Betts: We showed character
- Vikings too strong for Salford
- London boss defends Drinkwater
- London edged out by Catalan
- Flanagan targets league shield
- Wildcats v Tigers: Teams
- Wolves v Saints: Teams
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- Morley - Red Devils improving
- Vikings v Red Devils: Teams
- Wildcats grab Tiger Owen
- Jones-Buchanan: Leeds firing
- Grima still upbeat on survival
- Shenton seeks magic formula
- Returning Ferres fired up
- Radford: Rovers the favourites