Rovers off the bottom after stunning derby victory

Hull KR are off the bottom of the Super League after a stunning derby day victory against their rivals Hull FC at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

It was actually the visitors who got the first try after an even opening as Marc Sneyd’s delicately placed kick found Bureta Faraimo who scored in the corner. Sneyd then converted the try to make it a six point advantage.

Shortly after, Rovers levelled after a brilliant break from Adam Quinlan set Ben Crookes away for the try. Ryan Shaw converted to leave the game on a knife edge heading into half time.

After a half where both sides blew chances, the first try of the second would be critical and it was Rovers who got it after Joel Tomkins managed to get over. Shaw converted again to give Rovers their six point lead back.

It took some time, but Hull did hit back as Andre Savelio showed good feet to get over. Crucially, Sneyd hit the post with the conversion, meaning FC trailed by two points.

With the game on a knife edge, Matt Parcell made himself a hero with two minutes to go as he got over under considerable pressure from the Hull defence. Shaw converted to confirm an 18-10 victory for Rovers.

That win gives Hull KR some temporary relief and takes them off the bottom, where they have been replaced by Leeds Rhinos. They face another tough game next week as they travel to Wigan Warriors.

As for Hull FC, that result brings an end to their recent good run of form, they will hope to bounce back when they host league leaders St Helens next Friday.

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