Good Friday Memories: Hull FC complete remarkable derby comeback

2016 was largely a season to forget if you support Hull KR, but no more so than this game.

It was Good Friday at the KC Lightstream Stadium and the Robins’ crowd is in full voice as they entertained those on the other end of the Hull river.

Tries from Ryan Shaw and Ken Sio had given the Rovers a 12 point lead heading into half time, then a second half try from Ian Thornley and a penalty from Josh Mantellato had given the Robins a 20-0 lead midway through the second half.

But tries from Jamie Shaul, Danny Houghton, Mahe Fonua and Steve Michaels in the final 18 minutes completed a remarkable comeback for the Black and Whites, who had turned a 20 point deficit into a 22-20 victory.

This game would definitely have a big impact on the seasons of both teams with the Black and Whites finishing the season as Challenge Cup winners and were fancied by some to complete the treble. But a defeat to Warrington Wolves on the final day saw them finish 3rd and lose their consequent semi final with Wigan Warriors.

As for Hull KR, they ended up finishing 11th and lost the Million Pound Game to Salford Red Devils. They ended up in the Championship but have since been promoted at the first attempt.


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