13th February 2017, 09:19 | championship
Despite a late surge from London Broncos, Hull KR held on for a 28-22 victory in the capital, in round two of the Kingstone Press Championship.
Former Bradford and Wakefield man Jarrod Sammut gave Broncos an early lead but Rovers raced to a 16-6 half-time lead after tries from Jordan Abdull, Jamie Ellis and Keiren Moss.
Sammut scored his second to close the gap to 12-16 but tries from Andrew Heffernan and Ryan Shaw seemed to have the game sown up at 26-12.
However a quick-fire double from former Rovers man Keiran Dixon and Adrian Purtell reduced the gap to four points but Jamie Ellis’ penalty with a few minutes left, was enough to fend off the comeback.
A frustrated Rovers boss Tim Sheens said: “We couldn’t shake off London the whole game and we kept inviting them back in. We were our own worst enemy.
“Credit to London, they played with determination and they tested us but we tackled poorly and that is generally down to attitude. Defence always shows your attitude and we were not good enough defensively today and we didn’t improve in that area from last week against Bradford.”
Today's game in numbers... pic.twitter.com/zxORevo16r— Hull Kingston Rovers (@hullkrofficial) February 12, 2017
London coach Andrew Henderson said, “I am disappointed we didn’t nick it at the end.
“We played some really good football, but we weren’t quite clinical enough. I can’t fault the players’ effort and energy.”
Bradford Bulls remain rooted to the bottom of the table on -12 points, after suffering a 22-14 defeat to Rochdale Hornets, who picked up a second win on their return to the Championship.
46 years since we won at Odsal we believe— Rochdale Hornets (@RochdaleHornets) February 12, 2017
27 years since we last won against them at ours https://t.co/toKFEslOeJ
The Bulls led 12-8 at the break after tries from Oscar Thomas and James Bentley but Rochdale were much stronger in the second half and tries from Samir Tahraouri, Danny Bridge saw the Hornets collect the win.
Featherstone Rovers are the third side to retain a 100% start to the season, after a brace of tries from Chris Ulugia saw them complete an 8-6 win over Oldham.
After their mauling at Rochdale last weekend, Dewsbury Rams suffered disappointment again after they were beaten 8-6 by Swinton Lions.
Sheffield Eagles enjoyed a 32-14 win over Toulouse Olympique, with Lachlan Burr, Matt James, Matty Fozard, Menzie Yere and Garry Lo scoring for the South Yorkshire side.
Matt Diskin picked up his first competitive win as Batley Bulldogs coach as they beat Halifax 24-6 at the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium. Sam Smeaton, Alex Bretherton, Dane Manning and Joe Chandler all scored for Batley.