Late Shaw penalty gives Rovers victory at Magic Weekend

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Hull KR survived a second half comeback to beat Salford Red Devils in the first game of the second day of Magic Weekend.

Salford started well in the first ten minutes, but it was the Rovers who took the lead through Kane Linnett just before the 20 minute mark. Ryan Shaw converted to make it a 6-0 lead. Shaw then made it eight as he scored a close range penalty.

Then just two minutes later, Salford made a mess of a high kick and Craig Hall took his opportunity well to score. Shaw converted to make it a 14 point lead.

Things soon got worse for the Red Devils as Pauli Pauli was sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge.

Despite being a man light, Salford did grab the next try as Joey Lussick dove out of dummy half and got in to score. Krisnan Inu converted the try to bring the Red Devils back into the contest going into the break.

Any hope of a comeback was dented just four minutes into the second half as Hall took advantage of another defensive mishap to grab his second try of the afternoon. Shaw converted yet again to reinstate Rovers’ 14 point lead.

Just when Salford were looking like they were out of it, they grabbed another try as Pauli Pauli, just back from sin binning in the first half, finished off a good move to score. Inu converted to bring them back to within eight points.

Then five minutes later,  the Red Devils got another try back as Ken Sio finished a flowing move out wide. Inu hit the post with the conversion, but Salford were back to within four points.

With ten minutes to go, the Red Devils then pulled themselves level as Sio produced a brilliant finish out wide from a tight spot. Inu missed the conversion however, and this proved costly.

Because just two minutes later, Gil Dudson went high and Shaw scored the resulting penalty to give Rovers victory.

It was an important win for Rovers, as they pulled clear of the bottom of the table. They welcome Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup on Friday.

As for Salford, they missed the chance to get closer to the playoff places. They have a week off before they travel to Hull FC on 7th June.

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