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McGuire try seals a priceless win


HULL KINGSTON Rovers made a welcome return to winning ways at the Mobile Rocket Stadium last Sunday as they managed to get the better of Wakefield Trinity, winning 10-6 in a game played in fairly atrocious conditions.

With strong winds and persistent rain falling prior to kick-off, this was always going to be a real battle and with the pitch deteriorating throughout the game, fastflowing attractive rugby was never really on the agenda.

The early exchanges saw both sides struggling to gain the upper hand and when the Robins were awarded a penalty just inside the Wakefield half they opted to kick at goal. Craig Hall struck the ball well, only to see the ball strike the left-hand post and Trinity were able to clear the danger.

Rovers looked the more likelier of the teams to score, but they suffered a blow soon afterwards as James Greenwood was forced off with a nasty-looking knee injury on 24 minutes that could well bring his 2019 season to an end.

The deadlock was finally broken on 32 minutes. David Fifita drove the ball powerfully towards the Robins’ line and although he was held up, Weller Hauraki flicked the ball out of his hands and Danny Brough stepped up to make it 2-0 with a simple penalty.

Danny McGuire, for the second game in a row, showed dissent towards the referee and was again sent to the sin-bin, leaving his side with a numerical disadvantage for 10 minutes.

The red-and-whites responded quickly however and were soon level. Just three minutes later, Fifita was penalised for causing interference and Hall split the uprights from 40 metres out to make it 2-2.

Wakefield started strongly in the second half but Hull KR’s defence stood firm and the game remained balanced on a tightrope.

On 52 minutes Keegan Hirst rumbled his way towards the Rovers’ line and the referee once more penalised the visitors for holding down and in a game where scoring was at a premium, Brough took the easy two points on offer to make it 4-2.

Hull KR’s discipline has been called into question recently and they were placed on a team warning, but this seemed to galvanise them as they defended stoutly.

With an hour on the clock the scores were all tied up again at 4-all. Mitch Garbutt drove the ball in hard and with Justin Horo clinging to him, the Hull KR forward flipped him over his head, earning his side a penalty and Hall easily levelled matters.

On 66 minutes the home side thought that they had regained the lead with the opening try of the game.

Brough found half-back partner Jacob Miller and the Australian’s kick to the corner was caught by the prolific Tom Johnstone who provided an acrobatic finish, but Hall did just enough to force the winger to step on the side-line and the ‘try’ was ruled out. Brough split the uprights again on 70 minutes to make it 6-4 after he was tackled without the ball by McGuire, but the former Leeds star would have the final say two minutes later.

Josh Drinkwater sent up a teasing kick and in the scramble that ensued, Jimmy Keinhorst patted the ball down and the ever-alert McGuire picked the ball up to slide over in the corner, Hall adding a towering conversion to put his side 10-6 ahead.

Trinity pounded away to get back into the game, but they just could not find a way through and Rovers held on for what was a magnificent victory.

Tim Sheens’ side are back at home this week as they welcome the Catalans Dragons on Sunday and the visitors will have a point to prove following their spectacular 46-0 home defeat at the hands of Salford Red Devils last week.

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