Hull KR 26-14 Wigan: Player ratings and major talking points

A superb clash in Hull ended in victory for the Robins as Hull KR completed a Super League double over last year’s league leaders the Wigan Warriors. It was an exhilarating contest with some superb tries and the result sheds further light on the play-off hopes of both teams.

Major Talking Points:

1. Hull KR deserve play-off rugby

The talk before the game centred around whether the Robins would make the top six or not. It’s safe to say a few people were sceptical before the game but this win proves that they absolutely deserve to play finals rugby at the end of the season. There’s no team better to watch in the league than the Robins and the opening quarter showed that as did their quick burst of 10 points in the second half which sealed it. They’re absolutely a play-off outfit and they need to prove that as the season closes.

2. Wigan need a faster start

But are Wigan a play-off side? That’s an interesting question, at this moment you’d tip them to finish inside the top six maybe even inside the top four. In fact, there are some who consider the Cherry and Whites dark horses for Old Trafford such is their muscle memory of making it to the decider. However, if they want to go one better than last season they’re going to have to improve their starts to games. Subtract the opening 20 minutes from this contest and the Warriors win and I think that says it all.

3. The biggest Hull derby in years

Coming out of the game, all eyes quickly turned to next week’s Hull derby and it feels like the biggest in years. Both sides are enjoying good seasons and both will fancy their chances of play-off rugby at the end of the year. Such stakes only add to one of the biggest games of any season and it should be a classic.

Player Ratings:

Hull KR
2 Ben Crooks – 6
23 Ethan Ryan – 8
3 Greg Minikin – 8
4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall – 8
5 Ryan Hall – 7
11 Brad Takairangi – 8
25 Rowan Milnes – 7
8 Albert Vete – 8
9 Matt Parcell – 7
16 George King – 7
12 Kane Linnett – 8
27 Luis Johnson – 6
15 George Lawler – 7
Substitutes
10 Korbin Sims – 6
14 Jez Litten – 7
18 Matthew Storton – 7
26 Will Maher – 6

Wigan
3 Zak Hardaker – 8
22 Jake Bibby – 6
11 Willie Isa – 6
4 Oliver Gildart – 8
5 Liam Marshall – 7
20 Harry Smith – 6
31 Jackson Hastings – 8
17 Tony Clubb – 6
9 Sam Powell – N/A
21 Ethan Havard – 7
27 Kai Pearce-Paul – 6
12 Liam Farrell – 6
15 Morgan Smithies – 6
Substitutes
10 Joe Bullock – 6
19 Liam Byrne – 6
6 Jai Field – 6
25 Joe Shorrocks – 7

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