Adrian Lam explains Leigh Leopards’ shock defeat to Hull KR

Leigh Leopards are above the likes of Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Hull FC in the table and are mixing it up with Wigan Warriors and St Helens in the top four but their season came crashing down to Earth on Friday as they were well and truly battered by Hull KR.

In a Challenge Cup Final rematch, Hull KR finally claimed a win over the Leopards after three defeats to them in 2023.

It wasn’t just any old win either for the Robins. They battered Leigh 52-10 having led 30-0 at the break as Leigh never got going.

When asked what went wrong on Sky Sports, Lam said:

“A little bit embarrassing. Coming up here, after a full week of prep and we will deal with that tomorrow and all through that.

“It is just an attitude. A few of the boys have current niggling injuries. But we just had a poor attitude.

“But look, I’ll back them. We’re going to be okay. We were nervous about this happening after the cup.

“I’m sure we will get back at it next week.”

When asked about critics saying their season is over after their cup win, he said: “That’s fine, anyone can have their opinion. That’s fine.

“We just have to stick to the process. We are going to have moments like this, it hurts, it hurts your ego.

“We will bounce back. I’m sure we will, we have Huddersfield at home next week and I am sure it will be a completely different outcome.”

This came on a great night for Hull KR who laid down a real marker early on who caused an awful lot of damage with some top notch rugby league from a much more balanced Hull KR side.

After a really strong start, Hull KR probed the line and as Brad Schneider moved across the pitch before a short ball and a great angled run allowed Shaun Kenny-Dowall to carve through and score.

After a yellow card against Leigh at Wembley which resulted in a ban, Minchella meant business as he powered over after good work from Matt Parcell.

A great player saw Mikey Lewis generate space and Ryan Hall danced down the touch line before a forward roll over the line saw him touch down.

Jack Walker was having a superb game for the Robins in a rare appearance and he linked up in a sweeping play to feed Louis Senior to score who produced a scruffy finish.

After an error from Tom Briscoe after a high kick, Lewis was on hand to take the bouncing ball and score in the corner.

The Robins then added another try with Ryan Hall devastating down the wing again before feeding the ball back inside for Shaun Kenny-Dowall to score again as the Robins gained revenge for their defeat at Wembley against Leigh in golden point.