Robins ruin Wigan homecoming

Robins ruin Wigan homecoming

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Hull KR beat Wigan Warriors 18-8 at the DW Stadium, to claim their first win in Wigan since 2009.

After a scrappy opening, Wigan got some good field position with half-an-hour gone. However, when George King was caught offside, referee Robert Hicks thought it was one infringement too many and sent the forward to the sin bin for the rest of the first half.

But Wigan could not make it count, and it was Hull KR who went into half-time in front.

Brad Takairangi was able to intercept a loose pass close to the line, and then from the resulting field position, he spun out a pass to Ben Crooks, who scored in the corner. Crooks then converted his own try to put the Robins ahead by six points.

The Robins doubled their advantage just past the hour mark. Mikey Lewis kicked towards the corner, and Ryan Hall rose highest to collect the ball and score. Crooks added the conversion.

However, Wigan were able to respond straight away. They found an overlap on the left-hand side and Liam Marshall was able to pass back inside to Oliver Gildart for the try. Harry Smith missed the conversion, meaning they trailed by eight points.

A few minutes later, Wigan claimed their second try. Smith’s delicate kick found Marshall, who raced down the wing and put Gildart over for his second try. Smith was again off target with the conversion attempt.

But it would be the Robins who claimed victory, confirmed after Lewis’ kick found Adam Quinlan on the inside to score. Crooks added the conversion.

Hull KR will hope to produce a similar performance when they welcome St Helens to Hull College Craven Park next Friday. As for Wigan, they face Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Thursday.

Wigan Warriors: Jackson Hastings, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall, Tommy Leuluai, Harry Smith, Joe Bullock, Sam Powell, Brad Singleton, John Bateman, Liam Farrell, Oliver Partington.

Subs: Liam Byrne, Ethan Havard, Joe Shorrocks, Kai Pearce-Paul.

Head Coach: Adrian Lam

Hull KR: Adam Quinlan, Ben Crooks, Greg Minikin, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Brad Takairangi, Mikey Lewis, George Lawler, Matt Parcell, Will Maher, Luis Johnson, Kane Linnett, Dean Hadley.

Subs: Albert Vete, Jez Litten, George King, Matty Storton.

Head Coach: Tony Smith.

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