|27th Feb 2009|| Super League||HOME||11830||HT:6-12|
|MATCH NOTES : Andrew Dixon made his Saints debut |
|TRIES || 0 |
|GOALS|| 0 |
|Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 25. - ** non-playing sub|
MATCH REPORT : THE boot of Michael Dobson and some excellent defence saw Hull KR edge a 20-19 decision over the Saints. A second half try from Jake Webster and Dobsonís late penalty gave the Robins their first away win over the Saints 24 years. Justin Morganís may have begun the brighter of the two sides but it was Saintsí Tony Puletua who scored first, profiting from James Grahamís powerful run. But Rovers were soon deservedly level through Ben Galeaís scampering marker. Saints had chances before Maurie Faíasavalu produced a superb back flip pass in a move that saw Gary Wheeler put his side ahead. In the second half, Peter Fox and Paul Wellens traded tries then Jake Webster leveled the game up. A Sean Long drop goal looked set to have calmed the nerves but Dobsonís late intervention sealed a famous win. In Saintsí second home run out of the season, Mick Potter went with 11 players who had played for Saints Academy, including nine which were developed by the Club. Andrew Dixon, Gareth Frodsham, Gary Wheeler, James Graham, James Roby, Paul Clough, Paul Wellens and Tom Armstrong lined up alongside another Academy graduate in Captain Keiron Cunningham. Ade Gardner and Jon Wilkin, who also played in Saintsí Academy after being identified at the age of 16 and making their debuts for the side at 18, also played. Dixon, in particular, made his first appearance for the Club off the bench. For Hull KR, Paul Cooke was ruled out with injury. Nick Fozzard also made a welcome return to the GPW Recruitment Stadium.
After a minuteís silence for the late Frank Carlton, Hull KR kicked off and with some ferocious tackling had the ball almost immediately. Michael Dobson then created some space for Makali Aizue to come back on the inside but Saintsí defence held strong. On three minutes a second penalty had Rovers right in Saintsí 10 and on the last Jake Webster forced a drop out. Desperate defence a few minutes later held the Saintsí line intact once more. Roby tried his first chip through of the game but Briscoe was up to the tricky bounce. On 14 minutes Saints, after being on the back foot for most of the early stages, went ahead through Tony Puletua. He barged over from close range for his second of the season after a great rampaging run from Man of Steel James Graham; converted by Sean Long. Hull KR pulled level when Ben Galea went under the sticks. It was a little harsh as referee Ian Smith opted to give another set of six when the ball was clearly knocked forward by the Robins and play was allowed to continue. Dobson converting. Saints hit the front once more on the half hour mark when from a scrum they produced a nice move to give great field position. Roby did the hard yards before the ball came back inside, was flipped out by Maurie Faíasavalu and sent over for Gary Wheeler to go in. Long with the extras.
Half Time: Saints 12 Hull KR 6
Hull KR scored early doors in the second half to halt what was a lively Saintsí opening. The ball was chipped over and, after a nice exchange of passes with his centreman Jake Webster, Peter Fox went over in the corner. Dobson with the excellent conversion. Saints hit back almost immediately as they made good yardage up the field for Wellens to scamper in from close range. Long perfect with the conversion. The home side then enjoyed the majority of the pressure and field possession but couldnít make it tell. Hull KR also continued to threaten, forcing a fourth drop out. And from the set a nicely worked move saw Dobson fire up the ball for Jake Webster to out jump the defence and go over. Dobson leveling with his third conversion. With less than ten minutes on the clock, Sean Long dropped a goal to edge Saints ahead. Hull KR then forced another drop out as the seconds ticked down but Saintsí defence held firm. But there was a late twist as Michael Dobson slotted over a penalty to give Hull KR a 20-19 edge that was the eventual game winner.
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