Hull Kingston Rovers 22-23 Huddersfield Giants

Saturday 24th September 2016
KO: 12:30 - Round: 7

22-23 FT

HT: 4 22

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Lightstream Stadium, Hull

  • Hull Kingston Rovers

  • Tries
    Maurice Blair, Ken Sio, Mitch Allgood, Iain Thornley,

  • Goals
    Josh Mantellato 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Ryan Brierley 2, Leroy Cudjoe, Aaron Murphy,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 3,

  • Drop Goals
    Danny Brough,

Line Up

Bench

Ben
Cockayne
Thomas
Minns
Iain
Thornley
Josh
Mantellato
Terry
Campese
Matty
Marsh
Dane
Tilse
Mitch
Allgood
Maurice
Blair
Jamie
Peacock
Will
Jubb

Official Report / Commentary

Huddersfield Giants secured their place in First Utility Super League for 2017 in the most dramatic of circumstances with a 23-22 victory over Hull KR in the last round of the Qualifiers Super 8s.

A Danny Brough drop goal seven minutes from the end proved to be the difference after Rovers had fought their way back from 22-4 down at half-time to draw level.

A draw would have been enough for Rovers to stay up on points difference but they must now regroup for next Saturday's dreaded Million Pound Game against Salford Red Devils or London Broncos.

If it is Salford, then the Red Devils' director of rugby Tim Sheens will step aside for the game to avoid a conflict of interests as he prepares to take up a three-year contract as Rovers' new head coach.

However it could have been so different had the game taken a different twist in an epic finish at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

Hull KR skipper Terry Campese almost snatched a draw with a 40-metre drop goal that bounced back off an upright while centre Thomas Minns had a try two minutes from the end disallowed for an obstruction in the build-up.

Hull KR interim head coach James Webster felt his relegation-threatened team only had themselves to blame.

"It was suicide," Webster said. "How you think you can win a game doing that when the other team completes at 90 per cent is madness, absolute madness.

"We spoke in the week about not pushing any passes but that's what we did. We put ourselves in a really poor position.

"I'm really proud that we came back from it but we gave ourselves too much to do.

"We need to pick ourselves up and prepare well for Salford or London. It's a big game, there's no hiding from that."

Huddersfield coach Rick Stone, who joined the club in July on a contract that runs to the end of 2018, was relieved to get the win.

"It wasn't pretty in the second half and our management could have been better but we showed plenty of tenacity when we needed it," he said.

"It was a tough ask to come here and win. We got away to a decent lead and with the breeze they fought back. It wasn't textbook at the end but the result was the only thing that mattered.

"It's been an interesting couple of weeks but I've really enjoyed it.

"We can start planning a bit now, which is nice. We haven't had the luxury of being able to do that up until now. Just now, we're going to enjoy the moment."

  • 73: Goal scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 60: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 60: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Iain Thornley
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 55: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Mitch Allgood
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 49: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Ken Sio
  • 32: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Aaron Murphy
  • 26: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Ryan Brierley
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 22: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Leroy Cudjoe
  • 16: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Maurice Blair
  • 5: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Ryan Brierley
  • 5: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • Key Performers

    Ryan Brierley

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 4
    Huddersfield Giants 4

    Goals:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 3
    Huddersfield Giants 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ken Sio 1 0 6 0 0 2 0 20 145 7.25 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Mantellato 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 14 135 9.64 0 2 0 0 3 1 0 0
    Dane Tilse 0 0 23 4 0 0 0 17 134 7.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Walker 0 0 37 5 7 0 0 16 128 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Cockayne 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 18 115 6.39 0 3 2 0 0 0 3 1
    Iain Thornley 1 0 7 0 1 1 0 13 112 8.62 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitchell Allgood 1 0 28 10 1 0 0 17 107 6.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Peacock 0 0 35 13 2 0 0 14 104 7.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Maurice Blair 1 0 30 6 1 3 1 14 72 5.14 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
    Thomas Minns 0 0 13 1 3 0 0 10 69 6.90 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Shaun Lunt 0 0 40 3 3 1 0 11 66 6.00 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Clarkson 0 0 24 6 0 0 0 9 61 6.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Terry Campese 0 0 23 6 1 1 4 9 47 5.22 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
    James Donaldson 0 0 26 3 0 0 0 8 44 5.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Marsh 0 0 20 4 3 0 3 7 22 3.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Will Jubb 0 0 13 1 0 0 0 4 20 5.00 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    James Greenwood 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 2 9 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Leroy Cudjoe 1 0 23 6 0 5 0 13 142 10.92 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 23 3 1 4 0 16 139 8.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 17 127 7.47 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 1 34 6 2 1 0 13 116 8.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 49 6 0 0 0 16 106 6.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Brierley 2 1 7 1 1 2 0 3 102 34.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Murphy 1 0 5 0 2 2 0 13 73 5.62 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 42 7 1 0 0 10 66 6.60 0 8 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Brough 0 0 12 2 1 0 0 9 65 7.22 0 1 2 0 3 2 0 1
    Scott Grix 0 0 4 0 0 2 2 12 59 4.92 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Symonds 0 0 39 7 1 1 0 11 55 5.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Huby 0 0 30 4 0 0 0 7 48 6.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Josef Wardle 0 1 32 6 1 1 0 6 48 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 24 6 0 1 0 7 48 6.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Wood 0 0 30 6 0 0 0 5 45 9.00 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Connor 0 0 26 6 2 2 0 7 24 3.43 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Nathan Mason 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    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