Salford Red Devils claimed a first win of the season in spectacular fashion after thrashing Hull KR at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Despite the lob sided score line, it was actually the Rovers who scored first as Thomas Minns was able to control a kick from Chris Atkin to score. Ryan Shaw managed to convert for an early advantage.
But not long after, the Red Devils pulled level through the man that relegated the Rovers in 2016: Gareth O’Brien as he pounced on a kick. He then converted his own try to level the scores.
O’Brien then made himself even more unpopular with Rovers fans by adding another try and conversion to the score. He then added another penalty to make it an eight point lead.
It was then a great team try from the Red Devils that put them in control of the first half as Jake Bibby was able to touch down in the corner. O’Brien was unsuccessful with the kick this time.
The visitors needed to start the second half in a similar fashion to the first to stand a chance of victory, but they couldn’t do it and conceded another try almost straightaway as Robert Lui got himself in on the act after a great run from Josh Wood. O’Brien was back on target for an 18 point lead- he then added another two points with another penalty shortly after.
A rare bit of brilliance then got Rovers back into the game as Adam Quinlan was able to chase his own kick and score a second try in three games for him. Shaw was on target again with his kick to reduce the arrears to 14 points.
However, the reprieve did not last as Salford were able to score again through Niall Evalds as the Red Devils’ team spirit really shone through. O’Brien scored the conversion again to reinstate the 20 point lead.
Evalds then completed Rovers’ misery with a miracle try as he looked for all the world to be held up, but somehow he got it down. O’Brien was off target but the win was already more than confirmed.
It was finally a win for Salford Red Devils at the third attempt after two disappointing defeats. They will now look to build on this as they look to retain a top eight position. They travel to unbeaten St Helens next Friday.
As for Hull KR, this will feel like a step back after two decent performances against Leeds Rhinos and then Catalans Dragons. They host last years League Leaders Shield winners Castleford Tigers next Thursday.