Rovers survive Fax scare

Hull Kingston Rovers began their Super 8s Qualifiers campaign with a narrow 26-22 win over Halifax at KCOM Craven Park.

It didn’t take long for the opening score of the game. Rovers got the ball back from the kick off and three tackles later Kieren Moss danced his way through the Fax defence. Jamie Ellis’ touchline conversion bounced out off the posts. 4-0 after two minutes.

Fax were unable to deal with Ellis’ grubber, spilt it backwards and Moss dived onto it for his second of the game. Ellis hit the other post this time and again it bounced out. 8-0 after seven minutes.

The visitors responded almost immediately as they shipped the ball out to their right wing and Ben Heaton went over in the corner. Steve Tyrer converted from the touchline. 8-6 after ten minutes.

Rovers were next on the scoresheet. After Ellis was held up just short, the ball went out to Matty Marsh who sold the Fax defence a huge dummy to sail over. Ellis was successful with his conversion this time. 14-6 after 16 minutes.

Fax were in again in similar fashion to their first try. Heaton went over and improved the conversion angle. Tyrer successfully converted. 14-12 after 24 minutes.

The visitors the took the lead for the first time in the game, Heaton getting his hat-trick after diving over in the corner. Despite the fans arguing it was in touch, the try stood. Tyrer missed his conversion attempt. 14-16 after 29 minutes.

The visitors led by two points at the half-time break.

Fax opened the scoring in the second half. Justin Carney spilt Scott Murrell’s grubber kick, Ed Barber kicked through and Heaton dived on the ball to get his fourth. Tyrer kicked the conversion. 14-22 with 29 minutes remaining.

After going short side three times, George Lawler managed to burrow his way over to get Rovers back into the game. Ellis successfully converted. 20-22 with 17 minutes remaining.

Rovers regained the lead when Shaun Lunt’s pass out of dummy half found Nick Scruton who was on it like a train and went over under the posts. Ellis kicked the conversion. 26-22 with six minutes to go.

Rovers had to come back against a spirited Fax side, but saw them out in the end.

Report by Adam Gray