Hull KR 26-22 Halifax: Rovers start Middle 8s with win – just!

Hull Kingston Rovers really do not like playing Halifax do they, but as they say a win is a win. 

Rovers kickstarted their Qualifiers campaign with a 26-22 victory against the West Yorkshire outfit in front of 7,700 people at KCOM Craven Park.

Samoan Mose Masoe made his long awaited debut, while big names like Shaun Lunt and Justin Carney returned to the starting XIII.

It was the Robins who scored first, with Keiren Moss making the most of a brilliant short kick off by Ryan Shaw which Halifax failed to deal with. Rovers then doubled their lead and Moss scored his second after a brilliant grubber kick from Jamie Ellis made a mockery of the Halifax defence.

The away side then hit back through Ben Heaton, who touched down right in the corner, the first of his four tries, before Matty Marsh then restored Rovers’ two-try lead, but this was the beginning of Halifax’s resurgence.

Ben Heaton scored his second try of the game came when Ed Barber put him in in the corner and, five minutes later, he completed his hat-trick, which sent the Robins into the changing rooms at half time 14-16 down.

The atmosphere around KCOM Craven Park was cagey to say the least, with Tim Sheens needing to kick his side into gear if they were to win this crucial game.

However, it was Halifax who drew first blood in the second half, with Ben Heaton scoring his fourth of the game to open up an eight point lead.

George Lawler then replied for the hosts, at least he thought he had, but the referee deemed that Andrew Heffernan had knocked on in the process. Lawler then did get himself a legal try, after Lunt sent him over from close range. The decisive try was scored by Nick Scruton right at the end, which gave Rovers that all important victory.

The Robins travel to Leigh next week in front of the Sky Cameras, where a win would do wonders for their promotion hopes.

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