Salford Red Devils v Hull KR Match report


So May the 10th and its already looking like make or break for both Salford red devils and Hull KR. With both clubs starting tonight’s match outside of the play off places, both will be hoping to push on from this point of the season and prove they have the credentials to not only make the playoffs, but to reach the Grand Final at Old Trafford itself.
As Salford Captain Adrian Morley said in his programme notes, Salfords major problem appears to be a leaky defence, something that they have to look at as a unit and make point proof. There is very little that Dr Koukash can do once the players cross the line. Indeed it’s the players themselves who have to stand up and be counted on the field of play.
As for Hull KR, they also seem to have found a knack of dropping away in the last period of games, and even the home win against Hull FC could easily have gone away from them and been in the loss column. Craig Sandercock will want more than local bragging rights come the end of the season.
Both of these clubs are long overdue silverware, and with both going out of the challenge cup at the last round, the only hope of that this season is Old Trafford.
Neither team will want to be in the position of looking at the play offs in the 2nd tier from next season.
As it was, this game never really got going. A slender 6-10 Hull KR lead at half time did little to disguise the fact that this game was being dominated by the torrential rain that was appearing in fits and starts and led to a first forty best described as a knockonathon. Neither side looked like pulling clear nor so was it when Salford drew level after a fierce shower.
The game ran to and fro, mainly in the middle third of the park, and at 16 all with 3 minutes to go, Rangi Chase tried his luck at a drop goal from just over 40 metres out that just managed to hit the cross bar.
The man of the match was easily Junior Sa’u for the reds and although he went off injured, Travis Burns for the Robins ably bossed his troops in defence.
Rightly asking Referee Bentham what the difference was between Salford getting a penalty after a player was pushed/pulled into touch, but not giving Rovers one for a very similar offence a little later, seemed to galvanise the Rovers faithful, with one fan being ejected for attempting to get onto the field of play!
A little later when Rovers went up the other end, a Salford fan decided that his beer would be better served over the head of the referee, and was also ejected.
After the match, Craig Sandercock said that Rovers are very close to putting a big score past someone, and on todays showing, I do wonder if he saw the same game as I did. In defence, Rovers looked superb, as did Salford, but neither team looked like they were ever going to rack up a big score, be it here or anywhere else. Salford, for all Rangi Chase looks superb with ball in hand looked clueless with the line under 10 meters away.
As it is, both teams will be looking forward to the Magic Weekend and a break from the norm.
Of the two, I suspect Iestyn Harris will be the happier, mainly because he has less of an injury list than his Hull counterpart.


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