After a thumping defeat against Huddersfield last week, Hull KR needed to get back on the horse tonight against bottom club Toulouse.
However, that was easier said than done with more injuries derailing the Robins in the shape of Lachlan Coote and Ryan Hall. This opened the door for Toulouse to dominate and storm to a third Super League win creating a bit more pressure on Wakefield.
At 8-0, Hull KR were still in it but two tries from offloads from their French opponents killed the game. The first was a try for Paul Macron thanks to a Guy Armitage offload before Joe Bretherton’s offload allowed Chris Hankinson to sail away for a try. They came either side of a penalty which saw Toulouse take a 22-0 lead.
Toulouse strike again ⚡️
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I seem to identify this fella every week but he’s just so elusive and electric and today he demonstrated as such again. He ducked and dived his way over for a try to kill the game and make it 28-6.
It took a while for this game to burst into life. On one hand a surprising development with two teams very willing to throw the ball about but considering the upheaval in Hull KR’s side owing to injury, perhaps it’s no surprise that it took them a while to conjure up opportunities.
Further unsurprising is the fact Toulouse opened the scoring through Latrell Schaumkel. The centre poached Tony Gigot’s kick to score the opening try with Chris Hankinson converting.
Paul Macron then thought he’d added to the lead as he strolled in down the flank but Gigot’s pass in the build up was deemed to have been forward.
After that missed opportunity and the general lack there of, Toulouse opted to take the two in the 23rd minute to take an eight point lead.
Headed for an 8-0 lead at the break it should’ve been more but Schaumkel let the chance pass him by despite a pearl of a pass from Corey Norman. Another chance would then slip through their fingers when Matt Parcell and Jez Litten denied Daniel Alvaro to keep the score at 8-0.
Five minutes into the second half, the try that Toulouse had been denied three times finally came through Macron who capitalised on Guy Armitage’s offload. Hankinson notched his third goal to take the score out to 14-0.
He’d get another chance at two points from a penalty in the 50th minute and he took it to make it 16-0. Up against it, the last thing Hull KR needed was to concede again but that they did when Joe Bretherton’s offload released Hankinson to score and he converted his own try to make it 22-0.
The Robins gave themselves a faint whiff of a comeback when Albert Vete crashed over after consecutive penalties but their hopes were dashed by Toulouse’s fourth try which came from the typically elusive Olly Ashall-Bott. Hankinson’s conversion making it 28-6 for Toulouse’s best win of the season.