Sunday 24th February 2013, 18:15 - Round:4
Salford City Reds
Hull Kingston Rovers
|Ashley Gibson 2, Marc Sneyd, Andrew Dixon, Jack Murphy, Wayne Godwin, Danny Williams,||T||David Hodgson, Michael Dobson 2, Omari Caro, Greg Eden 2,|
Marc Sneyd 5,
Michael Dobson 5,
Attendance: Official: T Alibert Venue: The City of Salford Community Stadium
Salford City Reds snatched their first win of the season thanks to a stunning comeback capped by Danny Williams' try six minutes from time.
Hull KR led 34-14 until the Reds rallied to score four converted tries without reply.
Defeat was tough on Michael Dobson who piled up 18 points with two tries and five goals, but the Reds had the man of the match in Mark Sneyd.
Both sides finished with 12 men after Reds prop Lee Jewitt and Rovers forward Adam Walker were sent off for a punch-up.
Salford handed ex-Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson his debut with prop Darrell Griffin, signed on loan from Leeds Rhinos, making his bow off the bench.
Gleeson, who had been sidelined with a calf injury, had not played since clearing an 18-month drugs ban imposed when he was at Hull FC.
The Reds suffered a blow when Jodie Broughton pulled out before the kick-off through illness with Ashley Gibson deputising, although skipper Stephen Wild returned after a two-match absence.
Rovers, fresh from a 44-18 win over Widnes Vikings, welcomed back Liam Salter but Lincoln Withers was still out injured.
Hull KR were also still missing ex-Salford centre Sean Gleeson - Martin's cousin - with a back problem.
Salford, watched for the first time by new director of rugby Graham Lowe, fell behind after seven minutes when Dobson and Greg Eden combined to send David Hodgson over in the corner against one of his old clubs.
Dobson booted the touchline conversion and Rovers would have gone further ahead had Omari Caro not spilled Salter's pass with the line open.
The Reds' relief was shortlived after a Gibson error led to Dobson touching down for a converted try to make it 12-0.
Salford hit back with Sneyd's long pass allowing Gibson to cut inside for his third try of the season.
Sneyd was involved again with Gibson beating Caro to a neat kick for his second touchdown in four minutes.
Yet Sneyd was again off target with the conversion attempt to leave the Reds trailing 12-8.
Griffin was introduced after 25 minutes and made his presence felt with an early barnstorming run.
But it took an audacious move by Sneyd which fired Salford ahead for the first time.
The scrum half stole the ball off Eden to dart over, and booted the conversion to make it 14-12.
Eden made amends when he took Cory Paterson's smart pass to send Dobson streaking over within a minute to restore the Rovers lead at 18-14.
Eden's pass to Caro subsequently stretched the advantage to 24-14 three minutes before the break, while Dale Ferguson had a try disallowed for a foul on Jack Murphy from Dobson's high kick.
The lively Eden took only four minutes of the second half to put Rovers into a more commanding position when he took Dobson's pass to round Murphy and make it 30-14.
He soon bagged a second before Gleeson had a try disallowed and then Andrew Dixon notched his first for the Reds since his move from St Helens.
Battling Salford cut the gap to 34-26 through Murphy's converted try on the hour.
Gleeson and Williams went close with Rovers under the cosh and it was no surprise when Wayne Godwin burrowed over.
Sneyd's conversion made it 34-32 with eight minutes left before Salford regained the lead when Ryan McGoldrick's kick bounced nicely for Williams to score the decisive try.
Even after all that, there was still time for more drama, with Jewitt and Walker seeing red for a fight at a scrum.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals
Forty Twenty: 1
Clean Breaks: 3