Sunday 3rd March 2013, 15:00 - Round:5
Hull Kingston Rovers
|David Hodgson 2, Cory Paterson, Alex Brown,||T||Stefan Ratchford, Ryan Atkins,|
Michael Dobson 5,
Brett Hodgson 2,
Attendance: 7,446 Official: R Hicks Venue: MS3 Craven Park
Hull KR produced their best performance of the season to beat Warrington Wolves 26-12 in today’s Super League match at MS3 Craven Park.
Winger David Hodgson scored two of his side’s four tries as the Wolves tasted their first defeat of the season.
Rovers got off to a flying start when Hodgson turned his side’s first penalty of the day into four points. Travis Burns and Michael Dobson were involved at the start of the move before Greg Eden sent the veteran winger over in the left hand corner. Dobson missed the conversion.
The Robins increased their lead to 6-0 in the 17th minute as Dobson made amends for his early conversion miss with a straightforward penalty from 18 metres.
Hull KR were awarded another in the same central spot a minute later following a ball steal. Instead of going for the two points, Rovers went for the try, which backfired when Josh Hodgson knocked on stretching over the line in an attempt to score.
It was to be a costly error as, in their very next set, Warrington looked set to score - only for Eden to intervene with a try saving knock-on. However, the Wolves responded immediately and levelled in the 24th minute through Stefan Ratchford, who went over from dummy half, Brett Hodgson converting.
Warrington went ahead soon after as Ratchford kicked for Ryan Atkins to contest, which he did brilliantly against Rovers debutant Alex Brown. Brett Hodgson converted for a second time.
Both sides cancelled each other out in the early stages of the second half, but Warrington eventually cracked after a period of sustained pressure by Rovers.
An error by Simon Grix was turned into four points by Cory Paterson, who strolled through on the left edge. Dobson's conversion went over via the right upright.
With the scores level at 12-12 entering the final quarter, the game was there to be won by either side.
Paterson saved a try with a crucial interception and, moments later in the same set, Dobson landed a 30-metre penalty to give the home side a 14-12 advantage with 17 minutes remaining.
Warrington struggled to create anything and Rovers made them pay with a decisive try five minutes from the end.
David Hodgson took Paterson's pass over the line and made the conversion easier for Dobson by grounding the ball closer to the posts.
Dobson's successful effort meant Warrington had to score twice - but it was Rovers who crossed in the closing stages, as two debutants combined to seal the win.
Burns sent Brown over in the right-hand corner and Dobson's conversion sealed a 26-12 win for the home side.
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