Super League: Hull FC earn bragging rights in derby clash
Hull FC beat Hull KR 38-20 to leapfrog their city rivals into seventh place in the Super League standings.
Last Updated: 11/08/13 6:20pm
Both sides are battling for a play-off place and it is the Black and Whites who now have the advantage with three rounds of the regular season to go.
Rovers looked the better side in a typically bruising opening 40 minutes to the derby and were unlucky to lead just 8-6 at the break, but three Hull tries in six minutes turned the contest decisively in their favour.
It was Hull's third successive win and a third straight defeat for the Robins.
Almost inevitably, tempers flared between the sides early on, with Josh Hodgson and Yeaman sin-binned for their part in a brawl.
The deadlock was broken by the hosts in the 21st minute when Greg Eden sent Liam Salter over for the try after juggling the ball at the second attempt.
It was just reward for Salter, whose hit on Danny Tickle handed Rovers possession near the halfway line. Michael Dobson added the extras for a 6-0 lead.
Dave Hodgson was yellow-carded for Rovers for deliberately keeping Tom Lineham on the ground following a tackle, and with the extra man advantage the visitors levelled as Jacob Miller stretched out to score after good work coming across the pitch by Arundel, with Tickle adding the extras.
Dobson opted to slot a penalty to give the hosts an 8-6 half-time lead.
Hull took the lead for the first time in the match when video referee Ian Smith ruled that Kirk Yeaman would have scored had Travis Burns not impeded him.
Tickle added the extras, and they edged even closer to victory when Richard Whiting intercepted Craig Hall's pass, raced downfield and let speed merchant Jamie Shaul do the rest.
The game was taken away completely from Rovers straight from the kick-off as Holdsworth won possession from the restart and his brilliant offload sent Joe Arundel away for another long-range try. Tickle converted in front of the posts to make it 24-8 with 20 minutes remaining.
The hosts responded with a try from Adam Walker, which Dobson converted but the sting was taken out of their recovery effort when Whiting scored in the right-hand corner. Rovers fans claimed there was a forward pass in to Whiting from Holdsworth, but the try stood and again Tickle converted.
Rovers were not going down without a fight and Evarn Tuimavave crashed over, but Tom Briscoe added another Hull try, grounding Danny Houghton's kick with four minutes left to play, and Tickle added a late penalty to seal the win.