Hull Kingston Rovers 22-31 St Helens

Friday 26th February 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 3

22-31 FT

HT: 16 10

Attendance: 6,517

Official: P Bentham

Venue: KC Lightstream Stadium

  • Hull Kingston Rovers

  • Tries
    Ben Cockayne, Maurice Blair, James Green, Ryan Shaw,

  • Goals
    Ryan Shaw 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Shannon McDonnell, Tommy Makinson, Matty Dawson, Jon Wilkin, Atelea Vea,

  • Goals
    Luke Walsh 4, Tommy Makinson,

  • Drop Goals
    Luke Walsh,

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens produced a dominant second-half performance to end their eight-match winless streak at Hull KR with a 31-22 victory.

Rovers this week sacked head coach Chris Chester but they were unable to register their first win of the First Utility Super League season under the stewardship of caretaker boss Willie Poching.

The Robins led 16-10 at the break but Saints scored 21 unanswered points to bounce back from successive heavy defeats. 

Shannon McDonnell gave Saints an early lead against his former club but Rovers hit the front thanks to tries from Ben Cockayne and Maurice Blair.

Tommy Makinson made it 10-10 only for the Robins to edge back ahead through James Green's converted try, shortly before he was sin-binned with Travis Burns for fighting.

Matty Dawson crossed after half-time and Luke Walsh fired over a penalty to level things at 16-16.

Jon Wilkin and Atelea Vea both crossed before three points from the boot of Walsh made sure of the win, although Ryan Shaw had the final word with a converted score.

St Helens head coach Keiron Cunningham praised James Roby's impact after missing the last two matches, saying: "He's different gravy. That's why he's one of the best hookers in the world.

"It just shows how good he is. I think Travis (Burns) has done a great job in that middle and young Morgan (Knowles) has as well over the previous weeks, but to have Robes back just takes you to another level."

On the long-awaited away win over Hull KR, Cunningham added: "I think I played the last time we won here so it's a very long time ago.

“We knew they were going to come out firing and I thought we did a great job to stay with them during that period. We came out in the second half and did the job we needed to do."

Poching was proud of Rovers' efforts at the end of a tough week, saying: "It was a spirited response from the players.

"I think everyone can be proud of their performance tonight and the way they left everything out on the field. That's all I asked of them.  The fans can walk away a bit prouder of their team tonight." 

  • 80: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 80: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 77: Goal scored for St Helens by Luke Walsh
  • 70: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Luke Walsh
  • 67: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Luke Walsh
  • 67: TRY! scored for St Helens by Atelea Vea
  • 59: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • 59: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jon Wilkin
  • 56: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Luke Walsh
  • 47: TRY! scored for St Helens by Matty Dawson
  • 29: TRY! scored for Hull K R by James Green
  • 29: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 27: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • 18: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Maurice Blair
  • 10: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 10: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Ben Cockayne
  • 5: TRY! scored for St Helens by Shannon McDonnell
  • 5: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Luke Walsh
  • Key Performers

    Dane Tilse

    Offloads: 4

    Luke Walsh

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Adam Swift

    Metres: 166

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 4
    St Helens 5

    Goals:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 3
    St Helens 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Dane Tilse 0 0 37 5 0 2 0 21 116 5.52 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
    Ryan Shaw 1 0 6 1 0 4 0 10 90 9.00 2 1 1 0 3 1 0 0
    Adam Walker 0 0 37 8 0 2 0 12 79 6.58 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Liam Salter 0 0 20 3 4 3 0 10 78 7.80 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Rob Mulhern 0 0 24 4 1 2 0 9 77 8.56 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Maurice Blair 1 0 26 7 3 2 1 10 71 7.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    George Lawler 0 0 48 8 3 4 0 6 69 11.50 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Ken Sio 0 0 8 1 1 1 0 9 61 6.78 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Graeme Horne 0 0 34 7 2 6 2 6 58 9.67 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Greenwood 0 1 24 4 1 0 0 8 54 6.75 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Cockayne 1 0 13 3 0 3 2 12 53 4.42 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 2
    Mitchell Allgood 0 0 39 11 0 1 0 6 43 7.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Clarkson 0 0 26 3 2 0 0 8 41 5.13 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Iain Thornley 0 1 12 1 4 4 0 8 39 4.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Green 1 0 21 3 1 2 0 5 36 7.20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Albert Kelly 0 1 9 0 4 0 1 5 25 5.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Steven Holker 0 0 13 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Adam Swift 0 1 5 1 1 5 0 14 166 11.86 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 22 4 2 2 0 18 138 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 12 3 2 4 0 18 137 7.61 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Atelea Vea 1 0 25 4 4 2 1 18 126 7.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    James Roby 0 0 8 0 0 1 1 11 98 8.91 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Turner 0 0 11 0 2 1 3 11 90 8.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 14 2 5 3 1 13 88 6.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Matthew Dawson 1 0 20 3 1 3 0 10 86 8.60 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Shannon McDonnell 1 1 4 0 1 2 0 13 80 6.15 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 1 0 32 4 6 2 1 14 77 5.50 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Thomas Makinson 1 1 7 0 2 1 0 12 76 6.33 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 18 1 2 0 0 11 72 6.55 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lama Tasi 0 0 20 3 1 1 0 11 70 6.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 20 4 3 0 0 8 60 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Andre Savelio 0 0 18 2 2 1 0 4 30 7.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Walsh 0 2 10 1 1 0 7 5 22 4.40 0 1 1 1 5 2 0 0
    Travis Burns 0 0 21 2 1 0 0 3 19 6.33 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties