Super League: Hull Kingston Rovers 6-54 Warrington Wolves

Joe Philbin
Joe Philbin signed a new two-year contract with Warrington earlier this month
Betfred Super League
Hull KR (6) 6
Tries: Crooks Goals: Hall
Warrington (18) 54
Tries: Austin, Lineham 2, Philbin 2, Charnley, King, Goodwin, Akauola Goals: Ratchford 9

Warrington Wolves kept the pressure on Super League leaders St Helens with a second-half demolition of Hull KR.

The visitors scored 36 points without reply after half-time with Tom Lineham and Joe Philbin both crossing over twice as the Wire racked up nine tries.

Stefan Ratchford kicked all nine conversions to help keep his side four points behind Saints.

Rovers have now conceded 110 points in four days following Friday's 56-12 defeat by Hull FC.

Rovers' Ben Crooks and Warrington's Blake Austin traded early tries with Craig Hall and Ratchford respectively adding the extras, before Lineham went over to edge Warrington ahead with Ratchford converting superbly from near the touchline.

Philbin then scrambled over to extend the visitors' lead with Ratchford converting to make it 18-6 at half-time.

Austin set up Josh Charnley to score in the corner just a minute into the second half, with Ratchford kicking the extras. Five minutes later Bryson Goodwin pierced the Rovers' defence and touched down to end any lingering doubt about the result.

Philbin then crossed for his second try of the game before Toby King and Sitaleki Akauola both crossed, with Ratchford maintaining his 100% conversion record.

Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It was another second-half collapse, as was Friday.

"We've played two first halves reasonably well and were in the game and have probably missed some opportunities in the first half again.

"We're having to band-aid guys up. We had quite a few guys getting painkilling injections so it's been quite a tough weekend for us.

"Two weeks ago we beat Leeds here and everyone was happy and we've gone through an Easter from hell. The players are feeling it and so am I."

Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price:

"I was certainly looking for a response and I got that today. To rack up 54 points is always very pleasing.

"It just typifies what type of men and team we have at the Wolves. It's a group that really care about each other and it showed in the performance today, I thought.

"We had a number of players missing today, like Hull KR, and it was a good opportunity for a few guys who haven't been getting a lot of minutes to get some.

"We've come through the Easter period in good shape in terms of the injury front."

Hull KR: Hall, Crooks, Keinhorst, Mulhern, Tomkins, Lee, Atkin, Vaivai, Addy, Lawler, Drinkwater, Dagger, Harrison.

Interchanges: Hauraki, Linnett, Rooks, Bardle.

Warrington: Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, Charnley, Austin, Hill, Clark, Hughes, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Tasi, King, Davis.

Interchanges: Clark, Philbin, Akauola, Livett.

Referee: J. Smith.