Match Report – Hull KR 20 – 28 Leeds


Two second-half tries from Morgan Gannon helped the Rhinos to victory; A late Sam Wood try was just consolation for the home side

Last update: 08/12/22 22:55

It was a frantic clash between the two sides vying for a play-off spot, with Morgan Gannon’s second-half brace helping to seal the visitors’ victory.

A second-half brace from Morgan Gannon proved the difference as Leeds Rhinos sealed a 28-20 win over Hull KR.

It was a frantic first 40 minutes at Sewell Group Craven Park with both sides throwing everything in what could be a decisive play-off clash.

Although the home side enjoyed the majority of possession, it was the Rhinos who entered the break with an 18-14 lead, a brace from Richie Myler after a great solo try from Brad Dwyer helping the Rhinos to make the most of their opportunities. as both sides struggled defensively.

Morgan Gannon brace saw Leeds Rhinos go further against Hull KR

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Morgan Gannon brace saw Leeds Rhinos go further against Hull KR

Morgan Gannon brace saw Leeds Rhinos go further against Hull KR

With things evened out for the second half, two tries from Gannon proved the difference, the second showing his pace as he jumped on a mistake by Robins to sprint down and make it 28-14 .

Sam Wood managed to cut the deficit to just eight points with 10 minutes remaining, but that was only consolation with the visitors holding on defensively in the final quarter.

History of the game

Both sides were forced to make several changes to their 17, which at times manifested in what was a scrappy and frantic affair, but there was a perfect start for the hosts as hooker Matt Parcell is passed from the dummy half in the third minute.

Hull KR took the lead in their Super League encounter against Leeds Rhinos thanks to Matt Parcell's try

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Hull KR took the lead in their Super League encounter against Leeds Rhinos thanks to Matt Parcell’s try

Hull KR took the lead in their Super League encounter against Leeds Rhinos thanks to Matt Parcell’s try

It was constant pressure from the Robins, having four straight sets down the Leeds line and finally making it count when Ryan Hall dove on Jez Litten’s grubber on the final tackle and it was 10-0 by as many minutes.

A penalty was an unexpected advantage for Leeds and, in the next set, Dwyer pulled away from the false half from 40 yards out and rounded full-back Ethan Ryan to score.

Parcell did the same a few minutes later at the back of a Hallstorming run into the barn, but was dragged a yard away and won a penalty for a strip.

Ryan Hall landed for Hull KR against his former side Leeds Rhinos in the Super League

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Ryan Hall landed for Hull KR against his former side Leeds Rhinos in the Super League

Ryan Hall landed for Hull KR against his former side Leeds Rhinos in the Super League

Rovers capitalized in the next set, Litten again the architect with another grubber kick, this time hit by Kane Linnett and confirmed by video referee Robert Hicks for 14-6.

Consecutive penalties gave the Rhinos position on the pitch and Myler scored after breaking Wood’s tackle and catching Ryan on the wrong foot.

Hull KR: Tests: Matt Parcell, Ryan Hall, Sam Wood; Conversions: Sam Wood (2)

Leeds Rhinos: Tries: Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler (2), Morgan Gannon (2); Conversions: Zak Hardaker (4)

The home crowd were convinced there was an obstruction as he scored, but referee Jack Smith was pleased and gave the try, Zak Hardaker converting for 14-12.

The visitors hit the front for the first time when Dwyer raced for the line again, finding Myler with a short pass that went untouched in the 28th minute.

Richie Myler scored his second try of the game as Leeds went ahead for the first time against Hull KR

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Richie Myler scored his second try of the game as Leeds went ahead for the first time against Hull KR

Richie Myler scored his second try of the game as Leeds went ahead for the first time against Hull KR

Leeds had three tries on the rebound early in the second half when Harry Newman’s cross run created an overlap and Gannon found himself outside Ben Crooks to force his way through.

Although Mikolaj Oledzki was sent to the sin bin, it was the Rhinos who scored in the 10 minutes their captain was off the pitch.

A move to the hosts’ right was hit by Sam Wood and Gannon recovered to sprint over 50 yards and give his side what proved to be an unassailable 28-14 lead.

Morgan Gannon ran unopposed as Leeds Rhinos struck first in the second half

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Morgan Gannon ran unopposed as Leeds Rhinos struck first in the second half

Morgan Gannon ran unopposed as Leeds Rhinos struck first in the second half

Wood gave his side hope with 10 minutes to play, scoring after taking Litten’s short pass near the line before converting to bring his side within eight points.

What they said:

Hull KR caretaker head coach Danny McGuire believes a lack of discipline contributed to their loss to his former side Leeds Rhinos.

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Hull KR caretaker head coach Danny McGuire believes a lack of discipline contributed to their loss to his former side Leeds Rhinos.

Hull KR caretaker head coach Danny McGuire believes a lack of discipline contributed to their loss to his former side Leeds Rhinos.

Hull KR head coach Danny McGuire: “I think the lack of discipline sometimes costs us dearly.

“We probably gave too many penalties and missed too many tackles.

“I’m disappointed but we were still there in the scrapyard at the end, which fills me with pride.

“It’s not looking for sympathy but I don’t know how we’re going to build a team after this.

“We’re in a good situation in terms of unity, but as far as injuries are concerned, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith was delighted with the fighting spirit his side showed in their victory over Hull KR

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Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith was delighted with the fighting spirit his side showed in their victory over Hull KR

Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith was delighted with the fighting spirit his side showed in their victory over Hull KR

Leeds head coach Rohan Smith: “It was a carnage.

“Great spirit and we talked about winning in different ways and they grit their teeth.

“I thought we were still in control despite a tough start so very proud.

“They’re a good group of people and I knew that before I got here I had done my homework and they’re a good group.”

And after?

Leeds and Hull KR will be next in action on Friday August 19, with the Rhinos returning to Headingley in their next clash as they host Warrington Wolves. For Hull KR, a trip to St Helens is next, with both matches starting at 8pm.




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