Danny McGuire scored a first ever hat-trick for Hull KR as they thrashed Betfred Super League bottom-four rivals Salford Red Devils 52-22 to keep alive their hopes of a top-eight finish.
McGuire, Super League’s record try scorer, bagged his latest career treble in 22 minutes to help rampant Rovers leapfrog the Red Devils into 10th place.
Salford, who had won their three previous meetings against the hosts, can also still avoid an end-of-season relegation scrap.
.@blazinshaw has picked up a lateral knee ligament injury and will go for a scan tomorrow. We wish him all the best for a good diagnosis and a short recovery time. #ComeOnRovers pic.twitter.com/ZRTAkJbxgK— Hull Kingston Rovers (@hullkrofficial) July 8, 2018
But on the evidence of this nine-try hammering, after taking an early 6-0 lead, they face an uphill task to escape the bottom four.
Helped by the finishing skills of the ex-Leeds and England ace McGuire and a double from winger Will Oakes, Rovers topped their previous best score against the Red Devils of 48-12 in 2009.
While pleased with veteran McGuire’s contribution, Tim Sheens was not entirely satisfied.
“There was a bit more show and go from Danny,” he said off McGuire’s treble. “It’s the first time he’s probably done those types of plays which are typical of his football.”
Sheens also paid tribute to Tickle’s goal kicking, adding: “He did a great job for us and won it for us in that first half. He kicked every goal to make it 36-6 at half-time and that made a huge difference.”
Celebrating his new deal with a win! pic.twitter.com/FLQ4tL10aT— Hull Kingston Rovers (@hullkrofficial) July 8, 2018
However, Sheens felt his side should have been more ruthless after the break.
He continued: "I was disappointed with our control in the latter part of the second half.
“It’s something we have got to fix against the better sides because we could be in trouble if we don’t get out of that habit."
Salford boss Ian Watson said: "We started as well as we have done for a while. We were in control and dominating field position.
“But as soon as a bit of pressure came on we fell away from the process.
“We had an arm wrestle for that first 20 minutes but Hull KR turned the tide.
“We needed resilience but didn’t have it and they were outstanding on the back of it after that.
“It was a massive game and we spoke about the importance of it. If we continue to play like that we will be in trouble.”