It was top against bottom as the Wigan Warriors looked to continue thier post-lockdown unbeaten run against a Hull Kingston Rovers side who scored three tries against the Super League’s best defence last weekend.
It took just three minutes for Wigan to cross through Liam Marshall but the final pass from Bevan French drifted forwards.
Five minutes later, French made one of his typical line breaks from inside his own half to get the Warriors within five metres.
And the end of the resulting set, the visitors broke the deadlock after Sam Powell received a short ball from acting dummy-half Harry Smith and crashed over for the first points.
After holding off Wigan for another five minute spell, Jez Litten made a break in midfield in the 16th minute, and attacked French.
With just the full-back to beat, the hooker passed inside to Elliot Minchella to score under the posts.
As the clock it 20, the Robins took the lead as Jordan Abdull and Will Dagger combined to push the ball to Kane Linnett, who released Greg Minikin on the left-wing and raced infield to dot down.
It was a third try in six minutes for the Rovers after a beautiful offload out the back of the hand from Abdull to Minchella who accelerated away and scored.
Mikey Lewis converted for a 10-point lead.
Wigan quickly cut the deficit as Harry Smith wrapped around Willie Isa, and stepped back against to grain to score, despite a hint of obstruction in the build-up.
The remainder of the half was extremely tight between the two sides, as they both tried to get a foothold before the break.
With the game in the balance, it was the Rovers who extended their lead.
They attacked the short side, and an offload from Linnett found Abdull who released Minikin to score in the corner for his second.
Dagger converted from the sideline to make it 22-12 at the break.
HALF-TIME: Hull Kingston Rovers 22-12 Wigan Warriors
Just two minutes into the second half, Tony Smith’s side scored try number five as Abdull kicked down the short side, and the ball was tapped back by Dagger, back to the half-back who then offloaded to Dean Hadley for the score.
Greg Minikin picked up his hat-trick try in the just the 46th minute as Abdull and Dagger combined once again for Linett, who offloaded back inside to Dagger, who in turn released the winger, who finished off in style for a 20-point lead.
The next 20-minutes of the game were well controlled by the Robins as Wigan struggled to get through the rugged defence of the home side.
Jackson Hastings was trying to spur on the Wigan fightback on his own.
Running the ball like a prop to get over the line, but the half-back was held up by Abdull, Dagger and Joe Keyes.
With ten minutes to go, Hull KR found themselves a man short after Shaun Kenny-Dowall deliberately made a tackle from an offside position and was sent to the sin-bin.
Hastings then made sure the extra man counted as the half-back ran at the gap Kenny-Dowall should have filled and beat the tackle of Harvey Livett for a score.
The Warriors went close again with five minutes to go as French made a break down the left.
Dagger made the tackle on his opposite-number and then makder sure to track across and help put pressure on Oliver Gildart and Jake Bibby on the left to make sure they were pushed into touch.
Amir Bourouh was penalised for a late tackle on Joe Keyes, which awarded the Robins a penalty just outside the 20-metre line.
This allowed Abdull, the Rovers third kicker of the night, to make it 34-18 with just under three minutes to go.
Liam Farrell was the next to cross for the Warriors after he charged his way through three Hull KR defenders but the second-rower couldn’t quite get the ball to the floor.
Bibby should have picked up a try down the left following the restart but Gildarts quick catch and pass drifted forward to all but secure the victory for the Robins.
FULL-TIME: Hull Kingston Rovers 34-18 Wigan Warriors
Hull Kingston Rovers
Dagger, Ryan, Kenny-Dowall, Linnett, Minikin, Abdull, Lewis, Hauraki, Litten, Lawler, Storton, Hadley, Minchella
Interchanges: Keyes, Murray, Peteru, Livett
Tries: Minchella (2), Minikin (2), Hadley
Goals: Lewis (2/3), Dagger (2/2), Abdull (1/1)
French, Manfredi, Hardaker, Gildart, Bibby, Smith, Hastings, Byrne, Powell, Flower, Isa, Farrell, Partington
Interchanges: Bourouh, Clark, Greenwood, Shorrocks
Tries: Powell, Smith, Hastings
Goals: Hardaker (3/3)
Referee: T. Grant
Touch Judges: M. Craven, C. Sharrad
Video Referee: C. Kendall
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