Bradford Bulls 10-42 Hull KR – Clinical Rovers power on

Hull Kingston Rovers produced another accomplished and clinical performance this afternoon as they hammered Bradford 42-10 at Odsal.

The game was a milestone for Nick Scruton and Liam Salter, reaching 300 career appearances and 100 club appearances respectively.

The first score of the game came from the Bulls after Liam Kirk touched down after an offload from Loose Forward Damian Sironen. After the conversion was missed, Rovers started to work themselves back in the game, and did so with Jake Butler-Fleming collecting a high kick from Jamie Ellis to touch down excellently in the corner. Rovers went into the lead with a conversion from Ellis and, after some brilliant goal-line defence, extended their lead through the main man Justin Carney, fending off three players before running 50m to score. Ellis again converted.

Bradford then got themselves back into the game minutes later through debutant Cory Aston, stepping his way across the tryline. However, they were soon falling further behind when nearly straight from the kick off Ben Cockayne ran nearly the full length of the field before giving the ball to Danny Addy to score. Ellis again converted, which made it 18-10 to Rovers at the half-time break.

Rovers started the second half where they left off with Cockayne this time receiving a pass from Maurice Blair however he just couldn’t take the pass in his stride to score. Danny Addy then scored his second try of the game after a rather dubious pass from Ryan Shaw to go over the whitewash. 2 minutes later Rovers went in again, this time through second rower Chris Clarkson, who touched down straight under the sticks after a free flowing move. Addy scored his hat-trick not long later against his former club, with Blair putting him through a nice gap to crash over the line. The last try of the game through Robbie Mulhern, with Ellis keeping up his 100% kicking record to make the score 42-10.

So, Rovers fans will be even more confident going into the Middle 8s with two straight clinical performances, securing the championship title on the way. Rovers face fellow top 4 challengers Toulouse next sunday at KCOM Craven Park, in their final home fixture of the regular season.

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