ROVERS 44-6 WILDCATS

posted on 30 March 2014

The Wildcats endured a torrid day at the KC Lightstream Stadium as Hull KR steamrollered the boys in red, white and blue.

The Wildcats were steamrollered by Hull KR.

Positives were few and far between as the Robins aggression in the middle of the park proved too much to handle throughout and Rovers were full value for a thumping victory.

Josh Hodgson, Kris Welham and Omari Caro helped themselves to braces of tries whilst there were further scores for Kris Keating and Neville Costigan whilst Pita Godinet got a conversion with five minutes to go.

Richard Agar brought Paul Sykes into the team, defending at full-back but attacking at stand-off with Danny Washbrook also returning in place of Daniel Smith.

It was the worst possible start for Trinity as Rovers enjoyed three successive sets after a couple of ricochets saw the tackle count reset and weight of possession on the Wakefield line told as Costigan took an Adam Walker offload to get the scoreboard ticking.

The theme of the half was the Robins making metres at will and sapping the energy for the occasions Wakefield had the ball in attack.  After an attacking foray from the Wildcats, Rovers began their set on the 20 metres line and marched their way upfield with Welham making the final pass for Caro to go in at the corner.

Wakefield provided some attacking threat when they weren’t committing errors and twice in quick succession Ben Cockayne and Caro were on hand to snuff out dangerous opportunities.  That was about as good as it got for the visitors though and Rovers extended their lead after 30 minutes.  Again the red and whites made plenty of metres and Trinity’s scramble defence conceded a penalty to snuff out the danger.  But from the resultant set Hodgson forced his way over from close range.

That was a soft one to concede but the fourth and final score of the half was all of the Wildcats making, Sykes fumbling a Keating kick and Welham was on hand to dot down.  Burns put over the conversion and the game was over as a contest at the interval with the score at 22-0.

Rovers extended their advantage on 51 minutes when following a brief attacking spell, Cockayne got the ball out to Caro who raced down the left wing, threw the dummy before accelerating the final 40 metres to go in at the corner.

Keating waltzed through some soft defence to add a further try and his dancing feet created an opportunity from which Hodgson scored his second.

Welham had his second with seven minutes remaining, strolling through some tired and flimsy defence as Rovers showed no mercy.  Godinet did claim an intercept 30 metres out with five minutes to go but it was a day to forget for the Wildcats.

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