Super League  Friday 16th August 2013  Headingley Carnegie Stadium  Att: 14,868

Squad

Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hall, Burrow, Leuluai, McShane, Peacock, Ablett, Sinfield, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Moore, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Foster, Minchella, Duckworth.

Squad

Salter, Netherton, Walker, Gleeson, Tuimavave, Cox, Mika, Burns, Carlile, Withers, Hall, Griffin, D. Hodgson, Lovegrove, Dobson, Caro, Green, Ollett, J. Hodgson.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Kallum Watkins

Kallum Watkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Rhys Lovegrove

Jordan Cox

GOAL SCORERS:

Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Hull KR boosted their Super League play-off hopes with a stunning win over champions Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

Rovers bounced back from their Hull derby home defeat in spectacular style, producing a tremendous defensive stint to keep the Rhinos at bay in a tense and thrilling finish.

Craig Sandercock's men remain eighth but need just one more win from their last two matches to guarantee a play-off spot, while Leeds missed the chance to consolidate a top-four finish as they lost for the first time in five matches.

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield went through the 3,000 Super League points barrier but the Rhinos will be disappointed they could not pay a fitting tribute to Challenge Cup final winning coach Graham Murray, who passed away last month and to whom the match was dedicated.

There was little hint of what was to come when Leeds' promising loose forward Liam Sutcliffe burst through the attempted tackle of Rhys Lovegrove and Michael Dobson to get centre Kallum Watkins over for the game's first try on 19 minutes.

Sinfield's conversion brought up his 3,000th point and put his side into a 6-0 lead but served only to inspire the visitors, who like their hosts were lacking six regulars through injury.

Rovers drew level after 25 minutes when second rower Jordan Cox regained possession from Dobson's high kick to touch down.

That breathed fresh confidence into Hull KR and Dobson, who was beginning to dictate matters, took hooker Lincoln Withers' pass to race into space and get Lovegrove charging down the wing.

The big Australian still had full-back Ben Jones-Bishop in front of him but proved unstoppable from 15 metres out and Dobson's second conversion put his side into a 12-6 interval lead.

Dobson increased his side's advantage with a penalty three minutes into the second half as Leeds centre Zak Hardaker was caught offside after team-mate Ryan Hall had knocked on from Dobson's high kick.

Staring at defeat, the Rhinos produced their best spell of the game and laid siege to the Hull KR line but the visitors held firm, although they were relieved when Watkins failed to gather the ball from Sinfield's high kick.

Leeds' error rate grew as they began to chase the game and Dobson kicked a second penalty after 58 minutes to make it 16-6 after Sinfield put a goal-line drop-out straight into touch.

Sinfield almost made amends when his grubber kick eluded Hull KR winger Omari Caro for Hall to get the ball down but the try was disallowed by video referee Ian Smith, who ruled a knock-on.

Rovers also lived dangerously when Hall collected Sinfield's crossfield kick to get Hardaker haring for the line, only for Travis Burns to make a last-ditch tackle.

The pressure finally told eight minutes from the end when Hall was halted on the left wing and Sinfield kicked to the other side, where right winger James Duckworth, on his home debut, calmly gathered to get Watkins over for his second try.

Sinfield's second goal cut the gap to four points and Leeds almost scored again straight away when Hall burst down his wing but Sinfield failed to take the final pass, which was a difficult one, with the line open.

Match Action

  • 73m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 73m
    try

    Kallum Watkins

    Leeds

  • 61m
    interchange_off

    Chris Clarkson

    Leeds

  • 61m
    interchange_on

    Richard Moore

    Leeds

  • 59m
    goal

    Michael Dobson

    Hull K R

  • 44m
    goal

    Michael Dobson

    Hull K R

  • 39m
    goal

    Michael Dobson

    Hull K R

  • 39m
    try

    Rhys Lovegrove

    Hull K R

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Aaron Ollett

    Hull K R

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Jason Netherton

    Hull K R

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Brad Singleton

    Leeds

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Paul McShane

    Leeds

  • 27m
    try

    Jordan Cox

    Hull K R

  • 27m
    goal

    Michael Dobson

    Hull K R

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Constantine Mika

    Hull K R

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Lincoln Withers

    Hull K R

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Adam Walker

    Hull K R

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    James Green

    Hull K R

  • 20m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 20m
    try

    Kallum Watkins

    Leeds

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Kylie Leuluai

    Leeds