Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR went into the game level on points in a huge game for both as the winner was set to move level on points with Salford Red Devils in sixth spot in the Super League table.
Leeds started the game the better with a quick ruck speed but Hull KR showed what they could do when they rolled Leeds down field with a seven tackle set before Brad Schneider hit a great late on the back of a turn up play to crash over on debut.
Shortly after Leeds hit back with a try of their own as Jarrod O’Connor scored a quintessential hooker’s try burrowing over after a quick ruck.
Leeds nearly doubled their money when a probing Aidan Sezer kick just evaded Ash Handley as Ethan Ryan bundled the ball out.
Brad Schneider was impressing on his Super League debut and his grubber kick was grounded by Tom Opacic just before the dead ball line.
It wasn’t all good for the star signing as he kicked the ball out on the full to the cheers of the South Stand.
Then, a lovely worked move down the Rovers right saw them create just enough space for Louis Senior to storm down the wing and dive in at the corner and the South Stand were silenced.
Trailing by 10 as the half drew to a close, Leeds needed a response and it came as Nene MacDonald carved through the Robins’ defence before finding Corey Johnson in support to score. It came shortly after MacDonald had come up with a vital try saving tackle.
However, the last say of the first half went the way of the Robins who notched a penalty for a high tackle to make it 18-12.
In the second half, Leeds built plenty of pressure on the Hull KR line and for a long period the Robins held them out until a delicate grubber kick was grounded by Ash Handley on his 200th career appearance for his 100th Super League try.
Despite having a number of chances to set up for the one, Leeds squandered them all not having one shot at the drop goal despite having the weight of possession and territory as the game drew to a close and thus the game went to golden point.
Leeds gave Hull KR an immediate chance to win it when Justin Sangare knocked on in the first tackle of extra time.
However, the Robins missed their first shot at victory when Schneider hit his effort under the crossbar.
But on the very next set David Fusitu’a dropped the ball on tackle one and Schneider gave Hull KR fans the biggest reason to love him on debut as he nailed the winning drop goal as the Robins won 19-18.
The attendance was 13,728.