Danny McGuire put his former side to the sword as he controlled the game in a 45-26 victory for Hull KR against Leeds Rhinos despite Konrad Hurrell’s four tries.
A knock on from Jack Walker led to the first try of the game coming for the home side. Tommy Lee dived over from the dummy-half position from just a couple of metres out.
Craig Hall converted to make it an early 6-0 lead for the Robins.
A second swiftly followed in the next set as Danny McGuire scored against his former club.
Mose Masoe spilled the ball backwards as he crashed over the line and the half-back capitalised and dived over the line. Converted once more by Hall for 12-0.
The Robins crossed the try-line again in the 11th minute but this time, Kane Linnett was denied after Weller Hauraki pushed Kallum Watkins to deny him playing at the ball.
The constant pressure on the Rhinos line continued and Rovers picked up a third try inside 14 minutes.
A break from Junior Vaivai put KR on the front foot, and a free-flowing attacking set was finished off by Will Oakes after a great offload by Kane Linnett. Hall unsuccessful this time. 16-0.
The Robins then stretched their lead to 18, thanks to a Craig Hall penalty in front of the posts.
Leeds pulled a try back in the 21st minute through Konrad Hurrell. Brad Dwyer broke from half-back and with just Craig Hall to beat, he released the Tongan centre who raced 20 metres to score. Liam Sutcliffe converted to make it 18-6.
The lead was back to 18 on Hull KR’s next set with yet another former Rhino getting on the board. Mitch Garbutt is was this time as the prop forward powered over Walker to touch the ball down. 24-6.
A fifth first-half try for the Rovers came courtesy of Junior Vaivai in the 33rd minute. A swift passing move from the left edge to the right ended with the USA international singer running in from ten metres out untouched. Hall converted once again to make it 30-6.
An awful scrambled play from the Rhinos led to Konrad Hurrell diving over in the left hand corner for his second try.
The TMO confirmed the powerhouse touched down before being pushed into touch. Sutcliffe missed his touchline conversion attempt and the Rovers led by 20.
With half-time looming, Danny McGuire slotted a drop-goal to give the Robins a 21-point lead going into the break.
HALF-TIME: HULL KINGSTON ROVERS 31-10 LEEDS RHINOS
The second-half started in the opposite way to the first as Brad Singleton scored for the Leeds Rhinos.
A high kick from Tui Lolohea was collected by Sutcliffe and the half-back offloaded to the prop forward who crashed over. Sutcliffe converted once more to cut the deficit to 15 points.
Having used seven of their eight allowed interchanges before the hour mark, the Rovers started to tire.
The Rhinos took full advantage of this and Hurrell grabbed his hat-trick just past the hour. The centre received the ball inside his own half and ran 60 metres untouched and under the posts. Sutcliffe converted to make it 31-22.
In the 65th a goal-line drop out by Jack Walker went out of the full and Craig Hall slotted the penalty from in front of the posts to make it 33-22.
With ten minutes of the game remaining, the Robins were once again inside Rhinos territory and took full advantage. Josh Drinkwater dummied and stepped through the Leeds defence for an easy try to stretch the lead back to 15.
With four minutes of the game remaining, Hurrell stole the ball off Danny Addy and caught the Robins off-guard to race away and score. 37-26
However, he seemed to injure his knee in the process.
Leeds conceded a penalty once again on their own 20 metre line and Craig Hall added the two points.
The Rovers added further misery onto the Rhinos as Ben Crooks raced through and dived on top of Danny McGuire’s grubber kick. Hall converted once again to make it 45-26.
The defeat leaves Leeds four points behind 11th-placed London Broncos who have a game in hand on the Rhinos.
FULL-TIME: HULL KINGSTON ROVERS 45-26 LEEDS RHINOS
MAN OF THE MATCH – Danny McGuire:
Even though Konrad Hurrell picked up four tries, he ended up on the losing side and was the only star in a poor Leeds performance. McGuire was up against his former club and was instrumental as he broke the line on a number of occasions and was the perfect platform for the Robins to score tries and beat the Rhinos.
HULL KINGSTON ROVERS:
Craig Hall, Junior Vaivai, Ben Crooks, Kane Linnett ,Will Oakes, Danny McGuire, Josh Drinkwater, Mose Masoe, Tommy Lee, Robbie Mulhern, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, George Lawler.
Interchanges: Shaun Lunt, Jimmy Keinhorst, Danny Addy, Mitch Garbutt.
TRIES: Tommy Lee, Danny McGuire, Will Oakes, Mitch Garbutt, Junior Vaivai, Josh Drinkwater, Ben Crooks
GOALS: Craig Hall (8/10)
DROP-GOALS: Danny McGuire
Jack Walker, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Liam Sutcliffe, Tui Lolohea, Nathaniel Peteru, Brad Dwyer, Oledzki, Jamie Jones-Buchanan , Cameron Smith, Trent Merrin.
Interchanges: Adam Cuthbertson, Brad Singleton, James Donaldson, Wellington Albert.
TRIES: Konrad Hurrell (4), Brad Singleton
GOALS: Liam Sutcliffe (3/5)