Hull KR 23-4 Catalans: Hull KR off the mark in Super League
By Press Association Sport
Last Updated: 16/02/18 6:44am
Hull KR gained their first win of the new Betfred Super League season with a 23-4 result against Catalans Dragons at KCOM Craven Park.
Three tries in the first half set the newly-promoted side up for the victory as the French outfit's search for their first point continues.
After a much-improved performance at Leeds last week, Rovers needed a fast start and they got it.
In the sixth minute when they forced a repeat set from an error from Luke Walsh, Ryan Shaw ended a flowing move from left to right with the winger touching down in the right-hand corner.
Shaw was unable to make it a 6-0 lead as his conversion attempt drifted left of the uprights.
Apart from a wasted chance when Walsh's kick went dead, Rovers dominated the early exchanges.
The first half highlighted why these side have struggled to score points with neither side capable of capitalising on good field possession.
Errors and penalties disrupted what little flow either side could manage, until Mose Masoe rumbled his way over the line under the posts for Rovers' second score of the game six minutes before half-time.
The Dragons were powerless in their attempts to stop the prop. Shaw's conversion made it 10-0 to the hosts.
Things got better for the Robins on their next visit to the Dragons end when Shaun Lunt sneaked through from dummy half to score under the posts. Shaw's conversion gave Rovers a 16-0 lead at the break.
Both sides would have labelled this a must-win game but credit to Rovers for doing something about it.
The Dragons offered very little and fell 22-0 behind 10 minutes into the second half.
Danny McGuire's clever pass sent Danny Tickle over for a try on his Rovers debut. Like the previous two scores, Tickle grounded the Ball under the posts making Shaw's conversion a formality.
It took the Dragons an hour to finally get on the scoreboard. A break from inside his own half by Greg Bird was finished off from 40 metres by David Mead. Walsh missed the conversion to leave his side trailing 22-4.
Leading by three converted tries, the game was all but won for Rovers. A penalty 20 metres out presented the Robins with a chance to add two more points to their tally. Shaw's kick struck the right-hand post.
As the clock ticked down, Catalans found Rovers in no mood to jeopardise their first points of the season.
Chris Atkins' drop goal in the final minute secured a deserved 23-4 win.