The Qualifiers: Hull KR 48-4 Bradford Bulls

Kieran Dixon
Kieran Dixon joined Hull KR from London Broncos in 2014
Super 8s
Hull KR (12) 48
Tries: Mantellato (2), Dixon (4), Chisholm, Sio, Welham, Horne Goals: Mantellato (3), Dixon
Bradford (4) 4
Tries: Mendeika

Kieran Dixon scored four tries to help Hull KR beat Bradford 48-4 and become the first team to retain a Super League place through The Qualifiers.

Two Josh Mantellato tries and one from Dixon gave the hosts a half-time lead, despite James Mendeika's try for Bulls.

Dixon scored again shortly after the break, while Dane Chisholm and Michael Sio touched down to extend the lead.

Kris Welham and Graham Horne also got on the scoresheet for Rovers, before Dixon crossed twice more late on.

Dixon's performance helped Hull KR maintain their perfect record in The Qualifiers, having won all five of their fixtures during the Super 8s phase.

Bulls were on top for long periods in the first half, but they were twice reduced to 12 men as first Danny Williams and then Epalahame Lauaki were sent to the sin-bin.

The result leaves the visitors fifth in the table, still level on points with fourth-placed Wakefield.

Hull KR assistant coach Willie Poching told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We're proud of the fact that we're five from five at this moment in time.

"Our target now is to try and go seven from seven, and that'll be really difficult because the other teams will start to get really desperate now.

"Kieran Dixon's been a confidence player - when things are going well he's on top of the world.

"It's now about being able to continue that when things don't go so well, and I think he's learned some massive lessons over the last three weeks."

Bradford coach James Lowes:

"We were rubbish. I take full responsibility for the defeat. It's not good enough and the buck stops with me.

"We got whipped against a good side and it could be another big score against Leigh if I don't get the players believing in themselves.

"The mental side of our game is not up to speed and there isn't a belief in ourselves when things go against us."

Hull KR: Sio, Dixon, Horne, Welham, Mantellato, Chisholm, Marsh, Allgood, Lunt, Puletua, Blair, McCarthy, Donaldson.

Interchanges: Tilse, Boudebza, Burke, Green.

Bradford Bulls: Mendeika, Williams, Walker, Nielsen, Caro, Purtell, Addy, Clough, O'Brien, Sidlow, Olbison, Ryan, Pitts.

Interchanges: Siejka, Lauaki, Crossley, Ferguson.

Referee: Ben Thaler

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