29th June 2018, 22:16 | super_league
Hull Kingston Rovers kept their top-eight hopes alive with a dominant 37-10 home win against Huddersfield Giants.
Adam Quinlan and Ryan Shaw both grabbed a brace of tries as the hosts moved four points behind their eight-placed opponents.
Huddersfield, who had won their last five Betfred Super League games, took the lead inside the opening 20 minutes as Darnell McIntosh touched down Oliver Russell's kick.
Rovers were ahead nine minutes before half-time as Joel Tomkins barged over and Shaw added the first of his six goals, and the hosts extended their advantage when Quinlan gathered Robbie Mulhern's offload to score his first.
The hosts took full control after the break, with early tries from Junior Vaivai and Quinlan before Shaw grabbed two tries in the space of four minutes and converted both.
Aaron Murphy grabbed Huddersfield's second try with eight minutes left but Rovers completed the scoring when Chris Atkin landed a late drop goal.
Hull KR coach Tim Sheens is refusing to get carried away.
“We’re all really happy with the win and we’ll enjoy celebrating it,” said Sheens.
“The way we kept the pressure on at the start of the game proved the key. It meant it eventually took its toll on Huddersfield and that’s when we struck.
“We were also able to back it up by having a bench which was a lot stronger – which was down to the fact we’ve got players coming back from injury – and that gave us a lot more options.
“But the last thing we can afford to do is get carried away, because we know it’s out of our control whether we finish in the top eight or the middle eight."
Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford admitted his side deserved nothing from the contest.
“We were well off the pace tonight, and Hull KR were just too good for us,” he conceded.
“After the way we’ve been going over the past few months, we were hopeful of getting the two points, but we just turned the ball over too cheaply on too many occasions.
“For us to be successful, we need everyone out there to turn up and give it their best. We didn’t see that on this occasion, and we ended up wasting far too much energy.
“We didn’t give ourselves a chance at all.”