Sheffield Eagles performed admirably against Hull Kingston Rovers but the full-timers proved too strong with a 40-18 victory. Following a torrid couple of weeks, and awful performances to boot, Mark Aston’s men showed a bit of Sheffield steel while also having a good time with the ball – especially in the second half. However, despite not playing to their potential, Hull KR, at times, showed why they’re promotion candidates as Zach Dockar-Clay starred at full-back while Justin Carney and Nick Scruton were always willing to take a strong carry. Carney registered a brace in his first start for the club.
The visitors were 24-0 up at the break and broke the deadlock after five minutes thanks to Carney who was a handful all afternoon. Jamie Ellis’ conversion went wide. Debutant Liam Harris stamped his authority on the game by making a big break which led to a try for Chris Clarkson. Ellis was on target. The third try of the afternoon came down the right hand side as nice interplay between Ben Cockayne and Jake Butler-Fleming gave the latter an easy four pointer. Two scores in quick succession extended the Robins’ lead. The influential Shaun Lunt broke the defensive line and fed Scruton who lumbered over, minutes before Dockar-Clay found a gap to play Ryan Shaw over the whitewash.
Whatever Mark Aston said to his troops at the break certainly worked as the half was just three minutes old when Elliot Minchella finished off a fine team move. Mark Mexico was in the middle of the action and his offload sent the former Leeds youngster on his way. Simon Brown added the extras. Any chance of a comeback was soon extinguished as Lunt was given a try on a plate following Scruton’s tapback. Things got better for the Robins soon after as Ellis played a mesmeric ball to the wing for Carney to walk the ball over the chalk. In the final quarter, Dockar-Clay notched a deserved try. With the score 40-6 to the Robins, Sheffield found a spark and came back to life by finishing the match two tries stronger. Kyle Trout stepped his way past the Robins defence before touching down as the hosts hit double figures. Brown converted, as he did following Liam Johnson’s try. The back-rower/centre added the downward pressure to a good play after Mexico won a penalty. A good response from the Eagles but job done for the Robins, who have bigger fish to fry in a few weeks time.