Hull KR 40-4 Salford: Player ratings and major talking points

An attacking exhibition from Hull KR poured more misery on a struggling Salford tonight. Despite an early try from Ken Sio, the Robins showed the pedigree of a play-off side as they blasted the Red Devils to pieces with another exhilarating performance.

Major Talking Points:

1. One-on-one strip controversy

The opening 10 minutes belonged to Salford. They were nearly flawless. But a break from the brilliant Shaun Kenny-Dowall changed everything. He found Matt Parcell who was brought down by a superb cover tackle from Chris Atkin. The Salford half then rolled through and stole the ball in a brilliant move. However, he was controversially penalised and sin-binned in a moment that changed the game. In a week where the one-on-one strip rule has again made headlines, it was the last thing we needed to see. It was an incident that in any other season probably wouldn’t have occurred and changed the game indelibly reinforcing the need to review the rule.

2. Are Hull KR the best side to watch?

The score line may lead you to believe that this was a bore fest for neutrals. It wasn’t. The vibrancy and creativity with which Hull KR attack makes every game they play a spectacle. They always play on the front foot and challenge every defender with skill and speed. They perhaps have the best left-edge in the league – a hallmark of Tony Smith’s best Leeds and Warrington sides – and will cause every defence problems this season.

3. What next for Salford

Aside from their opening 10 minutes, it was another difficult night for Salford. With just one win this season, it’s a concerning time for the Red Devils. There was obvious effort from their ranks but they’re missing one or two key players leaving their side somewhat unbalanced. They need to find a way of grounding out results in the next few weeks or it could be a very long season.

Hull KR
1 Adam Quinlan – 7
2 Ben Crooks – 7
11 Brad Takairangi – 8
4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall – 8
5 Ryan Hall – 8
25 Rowan Milnes – 8
7 Jordan Abdull – 7
15 George Lawler – 7
9 Matt Parcell – 9
26 Will Maher – 7
12 Kane Linnett – 8
27 Luis Johnson – 7
13 Dean Hadley – 7
Substitutes
10 Korbin Sims – 8
14 Jez Litten – 6
16 George King – 7
18 Matty Storton – 7

Salford
1 Morgan Escare – 5
5 Joe Burgess – 6
2 Ken Sio – 6
31 Ben Davies – 6
22 Rhys Williams – 6
6 Tui Lolohea – 5
18 Chris Atkin – 7
8 Lee Mossop – 6
9 Andy Ackers – 7
26 Jack Wells – 7
20 Harvey Livett – 7
12 Pauli Pauli – 6
13 Elijah Taylor – 6
Substitutes
10 Sebastine Ikahihifo – 7
16 Greg Burke – 6
27 Sam Luckley – 6
29 Dec Patton – 6

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