Saints beat Hull KR on Roby’s big day!

Saints have re-claimed their four point gap at the top of the Betfred Super League table after beating Hull KR 26-18 as James Roby made history.

Roby moved top of the all-time Super League appearance charts on Sunday, after making his 455th Super League appearance to surpass Kevin Sinfield’s Sinfield record.

He was given a guard of honour by both teams and it was fitting that he crowned our win with a try of his own!

Before that, it was a dream start for the Saints. Jack Welsby chipped a kick towards the Hull KR left edge, the ball was allowed to bounce and was claimed by Konrad Hurrell, he threw the ball infield and it found Will Hopoate who escaped a tackle to find Tommy Makinson who dove over to open the scoring. Makinson’s kicked looked to have gone over but the touch judges said otherwise, 4-0.

Welsby was then sent to the sin bin after he stopped Hull KR from taking a quick tap after they had caught the ball in-goal. The Robins took advantage of their extra man, as former Saints Lachlan Coote spotted a gap from close range and planted the ball down to score. Coote converted, 6-4 the visitors led.

James Roby then crowned his big day with good solo effort from close range. The skipper looked like he wanted to pass the ball left before changing his mind, spotting a gap and powering his way over underneath the sticks. Makinson converted, 10-6 we led.

The lead was increased a few minutes later as Alex Walmsley threw a great pass to Morgan Knowles who dove underneath the sticks to score. Makinson converted, 16-6 we led.

Hull KR replied again shortly after as Coote found Ryan Hall who squeezed over in the corner. Coote converted from the left touchline, 16-12.

Seconds before the hooter went Matt Parcell was sent to the sin bin for the visitors for trying to slow down the play-the-ball as the Robins looked to survive until the break, from the resulting penalty we took the two and Makinson kicked it to give us an 18-12 lead at the break.

Saints took advantage of their extra man early on in the second half. Hurrell made a powering break downfield to put Saints on the front foot, from the play-the-ball Welsby put in a great kick behind the Robins defence and Ben Davies won the race to score. Makinson missed the conversion, 22-12 Saints led.

Saints added their fifth try with just over 15 minutes to go. Jonny Lomax made a break down the Saints left before being tackled, from the tackle Saints threw it from right to left before it eventually found Hurrell who threw a dummy to stroll in to the right of the sticks. Makinson missed, 26-12.

Former Saint Coote scored the final try of the game with three minutes to go after collecting a grubber kick to score next to the sticks. He converted his own try but it wasn’t enough as Saints beat Hull KR 26-18 on a special day for Captain James Roby.

Match Summary

Saints Team:Β Will Hopoate, Tommy Makinson, Konrad Hurrell, Ben Davies, Regan Grace, Jack Welsby, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Joe Batchelor, James Bell, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges:Β Joey Lussick, Agnatius Paasi, Jake Wingfield, Dan Norman.

Tries:Β Tommy Makinson (2), James Roby (16), Morgan Knowles (24), Ben Davies (48), Konrad Hurrell (64)

Conversions:Β Tommy Makinson (2 from 5)

Penalties:Β Tommy Makinson (1 from 1)

Sin Bin:Β Jack Welsby (6)

Hull KR Team:Β Lachlan Coote, Ethan Ryan, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Mikey Lewis, Rowan Milnes, Matty Storton, Matt Parcell, George King, Luis Johnson, Frankie Halton, Dean Hadley.

Interchanges:Β Albert Vete, Jez Litten, Elliot Minchella, Jimmy Keinhorst.

Tries:Β Lachlan Coote (8, 77), Ryan Hall (27)

Conversions:Β Lachlan Coote (2 from 2)

Sin Bin:Β Matt Parcell (40)

HT:Β 18-12

FT:Β 26-18

Attendance:Β 9,858

Hull KR Line up

1Lachlan Coote
2Ethan Ryan
3Ben Crooks
4Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5Ryan Hall
6Mikey Lewis
7Rowan Milnes
8Matthew Storton
9Matt Parcell
10George King
11Luis Johnson
12Frankie Halton
13Dean Hadley
14Albert Vete
15Jez Litten
16Elliot Minchella
17Jimmy Keinhorst

Last updated 23 Jun 22 22:03:05

80'

FT: πŸ”΄βšͺ Saints 26-18 Hull KR πŸŸ‘πŸ”΅

A win for the Skipper on his big day!

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79'

Big Al thinks he’s scored again, but this time the referee says he was held up.

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77'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Hull KR

Coote converts his own try. Three to go.

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77'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Hull KR

Coote grabs his second after a grubber from Kenny-Dowell.

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76'

Big Al thinks he has scored! Welsby kicks through and Al chases it down, but referee Marcus Griffiths says the ball had gone dead.

πŸ”΄βšͺ Saints 26-12 Hull KR πŸŸ‘πŸ”΅

71'

We come again as Norman powers forward, but Welsby is trapped on the last.

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67'

Makinson misses the two.

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67'
Try
Konrad Hurrell for Saints

KONIIIIIIIIIIII!! He has deserved that! Roby and Lomax power forward before Hopoate, who has been impressive again, feeds Hurrell to go over!

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63'

Parcell darts through a gap in the Saints defence, but Grace is on the cover to pick up the grubber. He is trapped in goal and Rovers will come again…

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61'

The visitors think they have scored, but it’s pulled back for a forward pass.

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59'

Dan Norman is on for Iggy Paasi as Lussick’s pass to Robes goes astray. Hull KR have it back on half way…

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52'

Saints with another chance as Makinson’s kick over the top is nearly pounced on by Lomax, but the ball just runs dead.

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50'

Makinson’s kick from the left touchline drifts wide. Knowles is off as Lussick comes on…

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49'
Try
Ben Davies for Saints

DAVIESSSS!!! Hurrell goes on a barn-storming run, flattening three Hull KR players, including Coote. Welsby picks it up and kicks a lovely ball over the top and Davies chases it to score!!

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47'

The crowd are up at the start of this second half after a few calls have gone Hull KR’s way…KR are on the attack…

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47'

The crowd are up at the start of this second half after a few calls have gone Hull KR’s way…KR are on the attack…

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41'

We are back underway in the second half…

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40'

HT: πŸ”΄βšͺ Saints 18-12 Hull KR πŸŸ‘πŸ”΅

We lead at the break as Roby grabs a try on his record breaking afternoon.

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39'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson slots the two over…

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39'
Yellow Card
Matt Parcell for Hull KR

Matt Parcell is sent to the bin for persistent holding down as Saints win a penalty as the hooter sounds…

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38'

Hopoate defends it well and comes away with the ball after a grubber kick through. Two to go until the break…

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37'

Hull KR win back to back set restarts and are on the attack…

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LOVE it Morgz!

33'

We win another penalty and the ball finds its way to Makinson on the touchline, but five KR defenders force him in touch.

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32'

Coote kicks through, Makinson brings it out, but loses it and Hull KR touch down, but referee Marcus Griffiths says the ball was stripped and we have the penalty. Wingfield is on for Lees.

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29'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Hull KR

Coote kicks the touchline conversion. Paasi is on for Big Al.

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28'
Try
Ryan Hall for Hull KR

Hull KR hit straight back as Ryan Hall goes over in the corner.

πŸ”΄βšͺ Saints 16-10 Hull KR πŸŸ‘πŸ”΅

And he crowns his big day with a TRY!

A guard of honour for our skipper!

25'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson makes no mistake!

πŸ”΄βšͺ Saints 16-6 Hull KR πŸŸ‘πŸ”΅

23'
Try
Morgan Knowles for Saints

MORGZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!! Big Al powers forward and finds a wonderful offload for the supporting Knowles to go over under the sticks for back-to-back Saints tries!

πŸ”΄βšͺ Saints 14-6 Hull KR πŸŸ‘πŸ”΅

19'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson slots over the two from right in front and we are back ahead!

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18'
Try
James Roby for Saints

ROBYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! He just had to have a say didn’t he! The man of the moment gets the ball from dummy half and dives over in typical James Roby fashion! What a player!

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16'

Welsby is back on the field and we are back to our full compliment!

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15'

A scrappy game thus far. Big Al is penalised for a push at the play the ball, before Grace comes up with a big tackle…But we get it back and come again!

πŸ”΄βšͺ Saints 4-6 Hull KR πŸŸ‘πŸ”΅

11'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Hull KR

Coote’s kick is successful.

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9'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Hull KR

Coooote goes over for Hull KR. His name rings around both sides of the Totally Wicked Stadium.

πŸ”΄βšͺ Saints 4-4 Hull KR πŸŸ‘πŸ”΅

7'
Yellow Card
Jack Welsby for Saints

Welsby is sin-binned for a push on former Saint, Coooote.

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3'

Makinson’s kick from the touchline looks like it has made it over, but the referee says it has drifted wide.

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2'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

T MAKKK! What a start! The ball is kept alive by Hurrell who keeps the ball in play. Hopoate finds Makinson and he goes over easily in the corner!

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1'

We are off and underway after our Captain received a guard of honour from both players!

Coooooooooote starts for our visitors!

Warm ups are underway – led by the ©️

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Coooooooooote starts for our visitors!

The boss has shed some light on Curtis Sironen’s exclusion and has some fond words on James Roby. Head over to our social media accounts to hear from him!

RECORD BREAKER! James Roby will break the Super League record and a fellow legend, Paul Sculthorpe was on hand to present him with his special shirt!

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James Roby makes his πŸ’πŸ“πŸ“π­π‘ Super League appearance to surpass Kevin Sinfield’s all-time record… πŸ™Œ

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BGT star Jamie Leahey and his friend Chuck will be interviewed on the pitch pre-game too! Don’t miss it!

Both sets of teams will form a guard of honour for our Captain today if he is selected…Team news will be with you around 1:30pm!

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We have a host of activity going on pre-game from Britain’s Got Talent star Jamie Leahey and Chuck to a Guard of Honour for our Captain James Roby who could break the Super League appearance record if he plays.

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