Super League  Sunday 23rd March 2014  KC Lightstream Stadium  Att: 7,008

Squad

Burns, Carlile, Caro, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Gardner, Green, J. Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Langley, Larroyer, Poore, Salter, A. Walker, Welham, Weyman.

Squad

Donaldson, Henry, Wood, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Olbison, Sidlow, Bridge, Mullally, Sutcliffe, Blythe, Roberts, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Kearney, O'Brien.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Kevin Larroyer

Kris Keating

Omari Caro

GOAL SCORERS:

Travis Burns

Travis Burns

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

GOAL SCORERS:

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

Hull KR eased the pressure on coach Craig Sandercock with a 16-0 win over Bradford Bulls at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

Sandercock needed a victory after his side took just one point from their first five games and this was a must-win match.

Bradford offered very little but were not helped by two first-half injuries to hooker Matt Diskin and prop Adam Sidlow.

Diskin went off in the 11th minute while Sidlow followed in the 25th to make life much harder for Francis Cummins' side, who remain at the foot of the First Utility Super League on minus two points.

They were behind on the scoreboard a minute after Diskin was helped from the pitch to be replaced by Adam O'Brien.

Travis Burns' kick caused panic in the Bulls' defence to allow Omari Caro to ground the kick for the opening try of the game. Burns converted for a 6-0 lead.

Rovers deserved their early lead after dominating the early exchanges. Their pack set the tone with some determined runs to provide the platform for Burns and Kris Keating to call the plays.

Both half-backs combined to double the Robins' advantage in the 25th minute. Burns broke through a tackle to pass inside for Keating to finish off in style near the posts. Burns' conversion made it 12-0.

While the heavens opened, the floodgates many Rovers fans expected to see swing apart did not as Bradford defended resolutely for the remainder of the half.

The Bulls, who struggled in attack, were almost given a helping hand when James Green reacted brilliantly to gather a high and loose pass a metre from his own line.

Bradford would have been delighted to be only two converted tries behind on the scoreboard knowing the game was still in the balance.

For all their problems on and off the pitch, there is no denying the heart in this Bulls side. It would have been easy for them to give up but they showed great spirit, especially in defence.

Several times it looked as though Rovers had scored, only for the Bulls to get someone under the ball.

It may have been frustrating for the Robins, but they did not let it get the better of them. And eventually they went in for their third try of the game after being held at bay for 40 minutes.

The architect was once again Burns, who judged his grubbed kick to perfection for Frenchman Kevin Larroyer to score.

Burns spoiled his good day by missing his first conversion, but Hull KR led 16-0 and the win was in the bag.

Match Action

  • 60m
    try

    Kevin Larroyer

    Hull K R

  • 55m
    interchange_off

    Jordan Cox

    Hull K R

  • 55m
    interchange_on

    Keal Carlile

    Hull K R

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Cox

    Hull K R

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Justin Poore

    Hull K R

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Matty Blythe

    Bradford

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    James Green

    Hull K R

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Neville Costigan

    Hull K R

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Danny Bridge

    Bradford

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Michael Weyman

    Hull K R

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Adam Walker

    Hull K R

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 18m
    try

    Kris Keating

    Hull K R

  • 18m
    goal

    Travis Burns

    Hull K R

  • 11m
    goal

    Travis Burns

    Hull K R

  • 11m
    try

    Omari Caro

    Hull K R

  • 10m
    interchange_off

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 10m
    interchange_on

    Adam O'Brien

    Bradford