Hull Kingston Rovers 20-18 Wakefield Trinity

Sunday 6th September 2015
KO: 15:00 - Round: 4

20-18 FT

HT: 10 12

Attendance: 7,495

Official: R Hicks

Venue: KC Lightstream Stadium

  • Hull Kingston Rovers

  • Tries
    Josh Mantellato, Kieran Dixon 2, Shaun Lunt,

  • Goals
    Kieran Dixon, Josh Mantellato,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Kevin Locke 2, Lee Smith 2,

  • Goals
    Lee Smith,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Line Up

Bench

Kevin
Locke
Lee
Smith
Lee
Smith
Bill
Tupou
Jordan
Tansey
Tim
Smith
Anthony
Walker
Scott
Anderson
Ali
Lauitiiti
Pita
Godinet

Official Report / Commentary

Kieran Dixon put his Wembley nightmare behind him with a man-of-the-match display to help Hull Kingston Rovers virtually clinch their Super League survival with a precious 20-18 win over Wakefield Wildcats.

It was a scrappy display from the Robins, who trailed for 65 minutes, but the victory maintained the club's 100 per cent record in the Super 8s Qualifiers and went some way to making up for their humiliating 50-0 defeat by Leeds in the Challenge Cup final.

Dixon, who was in tears after an error-strewn full-back display at Wembley, was shifted on to the wing to begin his rehabilitation and he responded with an accomplished performance highlighted by a try in each half.

The outcome was tough on the Wildcats, who looked the livelier side for the most of the game and matched their hosts' try count, but could manage only one conversion out of four attempts.

Former New Zealand international Kevin Locke, who made an impressive comeback from a seven-week lay-off with a shoulder injury, scored two early tries to put the visitors into a 12-0 lead, while the man he displaced at full-back, Lee Smith, touched down twice on the wing.

Hull KR coach Chris Chester fielded 12 members of his cup final team, with one of them, Graeme Horne, drafted back in when centre Liam Salter pulled out through injury in the warm-up, but put out a new half-back pairing in Dane Chisholm and Matty Marsh.

Danny Washbrook began as a makeshift hooker for the Wildcats in the absence of the suspended Michael Sio and he did a sterling job as the Wildcats got off to a flying start.

Locke, playing only his fourth match for the Wildcats, wriggled free of a host of defenders to touch down for his first try for the club after just seven minutes and got on the end of a kick from winger Jordan Tansey after stand-off Jacob Miller had come up with a break to get his second.

In between, Lee Smith demonstrated his value and his versatility by producing a devastating finish to cross at the corner.

However, Smith was wide with both his first two conversion attempts and Tansey had the misfortune to hit the woodwork when he took over as Wakefield's lead was restricted to 12-0.

That was halved on 29 minutes when Wakefield scrum-half Tim Smith's attacking kick went straight into the grateful arms of Hull KR left winger Josh Mantellato and he went 80 metres for an opportunist try that got his side back in the game.

Dixon added the goal and the deficit was down to just two points three minutes later when Chisholm re-gathered the ball from his own kick over the Wakefield defence and the supporting Tyrone McCarthy got Dixon over for a second try.

The home side were forced to defend grimly in the closing stages of the first half after both Ken Sio, switched to full-back, and Dixon lost the ball in their own 20-metre area but they survived to the break.

Both sides continued to make errors in the second half as stalemate set in.

A break by Lee Smith created a scoring opportunity for substitute Pita Godinet but Sio came to the rescue by bundling him into touch and the pivotal moment came on 65 minutes when Sio's cut-out pass enabled Dixon to claim his second try.

Hooker Shaun Lunt then went over from close range for a fourth try, with Mantellato's first goal making it 20-12, but the Rovers fans were forced to bite their nails when Lee Smith went over for his second try six minutes from the end and kicked his first goal.

  • 76: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Lee Smith
  • 76: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Lee Smith
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 70: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Shaun Lunt
  • 66: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Kieran Dixon
  • 37: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Kieran Dixon
  • 36: Interchange Off for Wakefield, Mickael Simon Off
  • 36: Interchange On for Wakefield, Nick Scruton On
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Kieran Dixon
  • 31: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Josh Mantellato
  • 31: Interchange Off for Wakefield, Ali Lauitiiti Off
  • 31: Interchange On for Wakefield, Joe Arundel On
  • 29: Interchange On for Hull K R, John Boudebza On
  • 29: Interchange Off for Hull K R, Shaun Lunt Off
  • 28: Interchange Off for Wakefield, Danny Washbrook Off
  • 28: Interchange On for Wakefield, Pita Godinet On
  • 26: Interchange Off for Hull K R, Adam Walker Off
  • 26: Interchange On for Hull K R, James Greenwood On
  • 24: Interchange On for Hull K R, James Donaldson On
  • 24: Interchange Off for Hull K R, Greg Burke Off
  • 22: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Kevin Locke
  • 21: Interchange On for Hull K R, James Green On
  • 21: Interchange Off for Hull K R, Mitch Allgood Off
  • 18: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Lee Smith
  • 16: Interchange On for Wakefield, Anthony Mullally On
  • 16: Interchange Off for Wakefield, Anthony Walker Off
  • 8: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Kevin Locke
  • Key Performers

    Kevin Locke

    Metres 155
    4 4

    Lee Smith

    Clean Breaks 3
    4 4

    Ken Sio

    Metres 181
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 4
    Wakefield Trinity 4

    Goals:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 2
    Wakefield Trinity 1

    METRES:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 1333
    Wakefield Trinity 1378

    CARRIES:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 169
    Wakefield Trinity 180

    TACKLES:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 338
    Wakefield Trinity 311

    OFFLOADS:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 10
    Wakefield Trinity 12

    PENALTIES:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 7
    Wakefield Trinity 8

    BREAKS:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 4
    Wakefield Trinity 8

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Kieran Dixon 2 0 9 2 0 3 0 14 136 9.71 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 0
    Josh Mantellato 1 0 6 0 3 1 0 7 147 21.00 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
    Shaun Lunt 1 0 25 2 2 3 0 6 34 5.67 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ken Sio 0 1 6 0 0 3 0 20 181 9.05 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Graeme Horne 0 0 23 4 1 1 1 10 73 7.30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kris Welham 0 0 14 0 1 1 0 15 102 6.80 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Marsh 0 0 29 4 5 0 1 5 16 3.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dane Chisholm 0 0 19 2 2 1 5 7 60 8.57 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Adam Walker 0 0 21 3 3 0 0 14 88 6.29 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mitchell Allgood 0 0 29 4 0 0 0 9 58 6.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Maurice Blair 0 0 19 4 0 4 0 10 64 6.40 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Burke 0 0 28 4 1 0 0 2 14 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 1 36 8 2 0 2 12 107 8.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    James Donaldson 0 0 23 4 2 1 0 13 81 6.23 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Green 0 0 19 6 2 0 0 9 65 7.22 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    John Boudebza 0 0 17 4 0 0 1 6 33 5.50 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Greenwood 0 0 15 1 1 2 0 10 74 7.40 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Kevin Locke 2 1 10 0 1 4 1 16 155 9.69 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Lee Smith 2 0 3 0 1 3 0 15 106 7.07 3 4 0 0 1 2 1 0
    Bill Tupou 0 0 19 2 1 4 0 15 143 9.53 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Reece Lyne 0 0 16 1 0 2 0 13 130 10.00 1 3 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Tansey 0 1 5 0 1 0 1 9 49 5.44 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
    Jacob Miller 0 0 14 0 3 5 2 12 67 5.58 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tim Smith 0 2 12 0 1 2 7 7 30 4.29 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Anthony Walker 0 0 14 1 1 0 0 9 80 8.89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Washbrook 0 0 25 5 2 1 0 7 60 8.57 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Scott Anderson 0 0 32 2 4 0 0 14 90 6.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ali Lauitiiti 0 0 11 1 0 0 0 9 77 8.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mat Ashurst 0 0 30 5 1 1 0 10 71 7.10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mickael Simon 0 0 28 5 0 2 0 12 87 7.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Nick Scruton 0 0 22 5 1 0 0 8 44 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Pita Godinet 0 0 30 5 0 0 0 7 44 6.29 0 4 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Joe Arundel 0 0 20 3 2 0 0 7 51 7.29 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 20 1 1 1 0 10 94 9.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    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

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