Hull KR 44-16 London Broncos

A treble for David Hodgson and a brace from Kris Welham helped Hull KR to a convincing win over London Broncos.

Hodgson crossed three times and Welham once but scores from Shane Rodney and Chad Randall kept the visitors within sight at the break.

Kieran Dixon's score just after the interval looked to have the Broncos back in the game.

However, tries from Graeme Horne, Welham and Blake Green secured a comfortable Rovers victory.

Rovers got off to the perfect start with two tries in the first 10 minutes.

With the Broncos attacking Rovers' line, Craig Hall intercepted Craig Gower's pass and advanced it 50 metres before being grounded by Dan Sarginson. Play was soon spread to the left where Hodgson, a late inclusion in the KR squad, took Michael Dobson's long cut-out pass over.

In their next set, Ben Galea kept play alive on the left touchline before sending Welham over from 15 metres out. Dobson was on target with his second conversion to make it 12-0 after just eight minutes.

London, struggling for any form, were further behind when Rovers attacked their right-hand side once again and Welham turned provider, sending Hodgson through for his second of the game. Dobson's left foot making it 18-0.

The visitors were in danger of being blown away but they kept the game alive by scoring the game's next try. Rodney powered his way through and though he dropped the ball en route to the line, referee James Child allowed the try to stand.

It was the tonic London needed and they cut the deficit to 18-12 when Chad Randall backed himself to score from dummy half from a couple of metres out.

Suddenly the Broncos were back in the game and Rovers were not having things all their own way as they had at the start of the game.

But they regained control when Dobson's kick was followed up by Welham before Galea sent Hodgson over for his hat-trick try.

Dobson, who crucially missed three goals in the cup defeat by Catalan Dragons the previous week, made it four from four with another successful conversion from the left hand side and extended the Robins' lead further with a penalty when many expected Rovers to keep the pressure on London.

That made it 26-12 at half-time but London were first on the scoreboard after the interval when Luke Dorn's break opened up the Robins' defence on their left and Dixon slid over.

But it was game over when Welham crossed after exchanging passes with Hodgson down the flank and Dobson's conversion made it 32-16 with a quarter of the game remaining.

On their next attack, Rovers scored on the opposite side after Dorn did well to avoid a goal-line drop but it backfired when Graeme Horne went over.

Dobson was stamping his authority on the game and his chip through and pass sent his half-back partner Green over for his second try in two games. Dobson completed a perfect kicking day to make it 44-16.

Rovers go into next week's cup break with their season back on track but London's struggles continue as they prepare to face Batley.


Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock:

"It's pleasing to get a win and we scored some good tries out there.

"But we have a lot of improving to do. We need to respect the football more than we did.

"We need to improve our discipline in the first half and if we can do that hopefully we can move forward and make progress.

"Maybe we were a bit too enthusiastic and that can lead to a few untidy areas playing the ball."

London Broncos coach Rob Powell:

"We had eight first-team players out injured, and nine London players in our 17-man squad.

"If you look at the tries they scored, it was around our centres and wingers who are young, inexperienced and from London.

"It's our job to coach them up, but if you take eight players out of any Super League team they are going to struggle.

"We missed all the eight players who were missing but we're not making excuses."


Hull KR: McDonnell, Hall, Welham, Salter, D. Hodgson, Green, Dobson, Lovegrove, J. Hodgson, Paea, Mika, Galea, Murrell, Taylor.

Replacements: Netherton for Lovegrove (26), Withers for J. Hodgson (26), Horne for Mika (32), Paea for Taylor (22).

London Broncos: Dorn, Caro, O'Callaghan, Sarginson, Dixon, Bailey, Gower, Kaufusi, Kaufusi, Randall, Bryant, Rodney, Melling, Clubb.

Replacements: Channing for Caro (63), Krasniqi for Kaufusi (20), B. Bolger for Kaufusi (48), Cook for Clubb (15).

Att: 6,713

Ref: James Child (England).

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