Last night we saw one of Hull KR’s outside backs create history as winger Ben Crooks scored Super League’s fastest ever try.
Interestingly, Crooks was operating at centre due to the injury to Greg Minikin. This meant young winger Ethan Ryan started the game on the wing. However, it was highly likely that, following a try scoring appearance against Castleford in the cup, Ryan would’ve featured on the flank anyway as coach Tony Smith tries to settle on who are his best outside backs. Grand Final winner Jimmy Keinhorst isn’t even getting a look in at the moment.
Ryan has clearly impressed Smith and was superb last night even coming up with a vital piece of defence to thwart Huddersfield’s last attack as the Robins claimed a narrow 25-24 win. And it is perhaps his form that has led to the departure of another young winger.
Hull KR today announced the departure of Elliot Wallis. He leaves the club by mutual consent and with immediate effect. He came through Hull KR’s academy system and has represented both York and Bradford on loan. In fact, it was announced just minutes prior to Hull KR’s announcement that his loan spell with the Bulls was over despite joining them on a season-long loan before the new campaign.
Naturally, the end of his loan spell with Bradford coupled with the end of his time at Hull KR just minutes later is eyebrow raising. It is up in the air what he’ll do next but everyone in the game will wish him well.