17th February 2019, 17:14 | super_league

Hull KR defeat London Broncos

Hull KR defeat London Broncos

Hull KR 22-12 London Broncos

Mitch Garbutt scored two tries as Hull Kingston Rovers beat London Broncos 22-12 in their Betfred Super League clash at KCOM Craven Park.

Garbutt's second-half brace helped Tim Sheen's side start the campaign with back-to-back home victories.

Kane Linnett's try put the hosts ahead but the Broncos fought back to lead 6-4 at the interval thanks to Matthew Gee's converted score.

Rovers took charge in the second half as they ran in three tries in the opening 16 minutes.

Garbutt crossed twice, either side of Craig Hall going over to make it 22-6.

London closed the gap to 10 points with seven minutes remaining, when Jordan Abdull's kick bounced kindly for Jay Pitts to touch down.

Hull KR coach Tim Sheens said: "In the first half, they pushed us into a corner and we were battling to get out of there.

"Luckily for us they didn’t score many points, but we didn’t play the conditions well. We should understand the conditions because we play our games here.

“In the second half we completed about 100 per cent until the 70th minute when things came crashing down again and they got a bit of a sniff."

Broncos coach Danny Ward said: "I thought we were our own worst enemies.

“At half-time we spoke about being smarter with the ball and the lads went out at the start of the second half and dropped the ball in the first set and then dropped the ball in the second set.

“It’s mistakes like that which have happened last week and this week and we need to be smarter."