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Super League: Hull KR boss Craig Sandercock feels players had to dig deep
There were a few times when I thought we were going to be home, but Hull to their credit fought back.
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Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock praised his players for overcoming adversity to get the better of Hull FC in a see-saw derby at the KC Lightstream Stadium
The Robins recorded their fourth straight win in Super League as a late drop goal from Craig Hall clinched a 21-20 triumph over their city rivals.
Rovers led 10-4 and 20-10 on a night when the video referee was one of the hardest working people in the ground, with the home team having three potential scores ruled out.
"I'm happy the boys dug so deep under some extreme adversity. That's a year's worth in one night," Sandercock said.
"I'd have to say yes (his best win), considering the amount of adversity. I don't want to comment but I was very disappointed at a myriad of decisions.
"Under those conditions, to win the game, the boys deserve a lot of praise for their performance. We had to win it all over again. There were a few times when I thought we were going to be home, but Hull to their credit fought back."
With a 20-16 lead Rovers sub James Green dropped the easiest of chances to score another try, giving the visitors the chance to get level again with a try from Fetuli Talanoa.
However Richard Whiting missed the extras from out wide and Hall made himself the hero with a one-pointer at the other end in the final minute.
"That was the fourth heart attack of the night for me," Sandercock said of the failed conversion attempt by Hull FC.
Opposite number Lee Radford was left frustrated after seeing his side fail to pick up even a point, maintaining their miserable run of form away from the KC Stadium this season.
"A derby loss is always tough to take, the scoreline is tough to take," he said.
"I might be wrong and the statistics might show I am wrong, but I felt they had more possession than us and we didn't make them work hard enough to come away from their end of the field. We felt like we were chasing and it happened too often.
"It got to 20-20 and we got back into it; we have had opportunities in cup games, play-offs games and massive games. We have to take them and we didn't.
"I'm frustrated for sure. It's an away game, a loss, a close game, a loss. It's evident. What do you do? We only keep doing what we're doing. I don't want to tear the teddy up but we have lost another close game. But if they're not stinging, I'm coaching the wrong group."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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