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Super League: Late try glut allows Hull KR to beat Bradford Bulls
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Hull KR raced away in the second half to claim a 28-18 victory over Bradford and return to the Super League top eight.
Rovers were 8-4 behind at half-time but came alive after the interval to take the spoils at MS3 Craven Park and banish the memory of their last-minute derby defeat a week ago.
Lincoln Withers and Rhys Lovegrove ran in two tries each, while Craig Hall also crossed the whitewash. Jarrod Sammut, Keith Lulia and Michael Platt touched down for the Bulls.
It was Francis Cummins' side who made the brighter start and Sammut opened the scoring with 10 minutes gone as he broke out of a tackle and exchanged passes with Lulia before dotting down.
Rovers responded well and three successive penalties took them close to Bradford's 10 metre line before Lovegrove dragged himself over despite the attention of Luke Gale and Matty Blythe.
Michael Dobson failed with the goal to leave the Bulls two points in front and although Rovers enjoyed plenty of pressure, it was Sammut who extended the visitors' lead shortly before the interval.
The advantage added to again after the interval when Heath L'Estrange, Sammut and Gale linked up to send Lulia in.
Rovers were in desperate need of a response and they got it when Lovegrove took a short Dobson pass to go in for his second score. Dobson tagged on the extras to move to within two points and the home side had a first lead with 66 minutes gone as Travis Burns sent Withers racing clear.
It gave the Robins a semblance of control and they went further ahead when Dobson snaffled the ball from a Brett Kearney kick, ran 40 metres and sent Craig Hall in for another try.
Bradford's only option was to take a short restart but in keeping with their fortune it backfired as Withers picked it up and made his way to the posts unopposed, leaving Rovers safe at 28-12.
There was still time for another score as the reeling Bulls managed to get a consolation on the board, Platt taking a Gale kick and dotting down under the posts.
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First Utility Super League Table
|4||Salford Red Devils||7||7|
|11||Hull K R||6||4|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th March|
|20:00||Salford Red Devils vs Widnes Vikings|
|Friday 27th March|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC|
|20:00||Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|20:00||Hull K R vs St Helens|
|20:00||Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants|
|Saturday 28th March|
|17:00||Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Thursday 2nd April|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Wakefield vs Catalans Dragons|
|20:00||Widnes vs Warrington|
|Friday 3rd April|
|12:45||Castleford vs Leeds|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 16 Hull K R|
|Wakefield Wildcats 14 - 44 Huddersfield Giants|
|Friday 20th March|
|Leeds Rhinos 26 - 14 Wigan Warriors|
|Castleford Tigers 30 - 16 Salford Red Devils|
|Hull FC 33 - 22 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 19th March|
|St Helens 32 - 24 Warrington Wolves|
|Sunday 15th March|
|Hull K R 50 - 20 Catalans Dragons|
|Salford Red Devils 24 - 18 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Friday 13th March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 30 St Helens|
|Wigan Warriors 13 - 12 Hull FC|
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