Super League: Salford Red Devils 20-22 Hull Kingston Rovers

Hull KR celebrate a try
Craig Hall (right) scored two tries in Hull KR's win at Anfield
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Salford Red Devils (6) 20
Tries: Lussick, Pauli, Sio 2 Goals: Inu 2
Hull KR (14) 22
Tries: Linnett, Hall 2 Goals: Shaw 5

Ryan Shaw's late penalty helped Hull KR narrowly beat Salford Red Devils at Anfield to pull away from the bottom of the Super League table.

Rovers raced 14-0 ahead with tries from Kane Linnett and Craig Hall.

Joey Lussick ran in under the posts to put Salford back in it, but Hall scored his second soon after the restart.

Pauli Pauli crossed and two scores from Ken Sio put Salford level at 20-20, but Shaw's penalty goal - his fifth successful kick - sealed the win.

The victory moves Tim Sheens' Rovers up to 10 points, level with Leeds Rhinos, who beat London Broncos in Sunday's second match.

Salford, meanwhile, slipped to their ninth league defeat of the season but Ian Watson's Red Devils remain seventh.

Salford looked likely to score first in the early stages of the game, with Derrell Olpherts fumbling an early chance to run in unopposed at the corner to get their first points on the board.

It was Rovers who struck first, however, with Linnett going in at the opposite end as Hull KR began a dominant first-half display.

The Red Devils' task got harder midway through the first half when they had Wakefield loanee Pauli sent to the sin-bin for a late challenge on Josh Drinkwater.

Pauli made amends as his second-half try, which was followed by Sio's double, clawed the Red Devils level.

However, Krisnan Inu missed the extras from Sio's second try from near the touchline and that allowed Shaw to clinch victory for Rovers.

Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens:

"Certainly relief, we had a good lead and gave up a try to 12 men.

"We came out in the second half, they were throwing it around, quick passes. Fortunately, they missed a couple of goals and we kicked the ones that counted.

"We showed a lot of guts and had a dig, not an easy game with a bit of controversy here and there. At the end of the day, I felt we were the better side for the majority of the game."

Salford head coach Ian Watson:

"We're a fool to ourselves.

"The way we started the game, the way we bombed opportunities, we're making it difficult for ourselves.

"It makes you wonder if we are good enough to be up there (in the table). When it comes to the big games, at the back end, we bottle it a little bit. Have we got that strength of character to come through these tight games?"

Salford: Evalds; Sio, Welham, Inu, Olpherts; Lui, Hastings; Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Burke.

Replacements: Bibby, McCarthy, Pauli, Walker.

Hull KR: Hall; Crooks, Keinhorst, Linnett, Shaw; McGuire, Drinkwater; Masoe, Addy, Mulhern, Hauraki, Tomkins, Lawler.

Replacements: Atkin, Lunt, Garbutt, Maria.

Referee: Ben Thaler

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