Hull KR claimed a first win of the season against a winless Catalans Dragons outfit.
It was a fast start from the Rovers and they got off to the perfect start after five minutes when Ryan Shaw was able to finish acrobatically in the corner. He couldn’t convert the try however, but his side were still four points ahead.
They then scored two tries on the brink of half time that watered down any hopes of a Catalans comeback. First, Mose Masoe showed English fans what he is capable of with a bulldozing run, leaving three defenders in his wake. Shaw hit the conversion to extend the lead to 10.
The Dragons are a team short on confidence, and you could tell that with the third try they conceded right on the stroke of half time as Shaun Lunt’s dummy left a huge hole in the Catalans defence, which he exploited perfectly. Shaw kept up his good record with the boot to extend his sides lead to 16 points.
The second half was crucial for both teams and it was Hull KR who got the first try as Danny Tickle, signed as a free agent in the week, scored on his debut as he was able to power through. Shaw hit the conversion for three in a row to extend the lead to 22 points.
Whilst this was a night to forget for the Dragons, they did pick up a consolation through David Mead. A break from Greg Bird split the defence and Mead’s supporting run provided the platform for the try. Luke Walsh put the conversion wide but the French side did have something to take home with them.
The Rovers could have had two more points as Shaw had the chance to extend the lead with a penalty, but Shaw’s effort hit the post. They settled for one extra point as Chris Atkin put the ball over. The final score was 23-6.
It means the Rovers have picked their first win since returning to the Super League. It is certainly a confidence booster as they travel to Salford Red Devils next Thursday.
As for Catalans, they need to recover fast if they want to avoid another relegation battle like last season. They host Wakefield Trinity next week.