Super League: Hull KR 40-16 Leigh Centurions

Ryan Hall in action for Hull KR
Ryan Hall joined Hull KR on a two-year deal in November 2020
Hull KR (18) 40
Tries: Linnett 2, Hall 3, Minikin, Milnes, Hadley Goals: Abdull 4
Leigh Centurions (12)
Tries: Hellewell, Brierley, Goals: Reynolds 2

Leigh Centurions’ losing start to the Super League season stretched to eight games as Ryan Hall’s treble helped Hull KR romp to victory.

Shrewd play by Jordan Abdull set up early tries for Kane Linnett and Hall.

And, although Ben Hellewell and Ryan Brierley crossed in reply, a Greg Minikin try and Linnett’s second score helped earn Hull a 18-12 interval lead.

Rowan Milnes scored under the posts to extend the advantage and tries by Dean Hadley and two for Hall sealed the win.

Leigh battled impressively at Hull College Craven Park in the first half and drew level at 12-12, but they were second best after the break and did not add to their points tally, which now stands at just 100 points from eight matches.

Hull KR, who move up to sixth in the table, ran in four first half-tries with Abdull’s creativity crucial. His clever pass allowed Linnett to touch down and a fine kick saw Hall pounce for his first effort.

But the half-back missed both kicks and was also off target with his boot when the hosts led 12-6 after Brad Takairangi sent Minikin over for their third try.

Brierly’s converted score, after a neat Lewis Tierney break, then levelled matters, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

Abdull’s quality shone through again as he wriggled free to send over Linnett and then kicked through for Milnes to cross.

With Abdull’s penalty game also now firing, a fourth win in five league matches was made even more emphatic as simple scores by Hadley and a Hall double brought the try tally to eight.

Hull KR: Quinlan, Minikin, Linnett, Kenny-Dowall, Hall, Milnes, Abdull, Lawler, Parcell, Maher, Takairangi, Johnson, Hadley.

Interchanges: Sims, Litten, Storton, Keinhorst.c

Leigh: Brierley, Tierney, Sa’u, Thornley, Gelling, Ellis, Reynolds, Ioane, Hood, McCarthy, Hellewell, Thompson, Bell.

Interchanges: Wildie, Gee, Elliot, Peats.

Referee: Marcus Griffiths (RFL).

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