Salford vs Hull K R
7:45pm Friday 13th September
AJ Bell Stadium
Salford secured their finest Super League complete using a 17-16 Golden Point win over Hull KR, that remain up no matter the defeat following London’s defeat at Wakefield.
Krisnan Inu kicked at the critical drop target with a minute of time remaining to secure third place along with a visit to Wigan in the play-offs following Friday.
Both of these teams performed among the most spectacular Golden Point games when Gareth O’Brien’s drop goal relegated Hull KR in 2016. It was a historical and dramatic finale for Ian Watson’s team, Although the stakes weren’t too large here.
KR were one of four groups that could have been relegated at the beginning of play also in peril.
The nighttime elsewhere didn’t prove to be just as dramatic as many expected, using Wakefield condemning London and creating Hull KR’s result.
Tries out of Josh Drinkwater and Kane Linnett, and four goals from as many attempts, seemed to have helped Rovers. However, with seconds remaining, Salford’s Joey Lussick scored from dummy half and the conversion of Inu took the match .
It turned out to be a victory for the Red Devils who’d won their past seven matches, however a bittersweet night. Among the greats of all Super League, the former Leeds man, missed out on the opportunity of 1000 career points – stuck in 999.
Hull KR created an ideal start, scoring in the eighth minute when McGuire’s fracture split the Salford defence as well as the Kyle Trout sent Drinkwater. Ryan Shaw added the conversion.
The people continued to dominate possession but they were guilty of a few unforced mistakes which gave some reinforcement to Salford.
As Jackson Hastings was prevented from taking a fast restart with eight minutes of the half remaining, McGuire had been sin-binned for obstruction.
Salford were fast to take advantage of the additional man and once again it had been Hastings with some quick-thinking. When Hastings took a pass 15 metres in the Robins tryline play seemed to be going but his run made the most of the man on the left flank, departure into winger Jake Bibby, who scored in the corner. Inu was unable to add the conversion.
With just three minutes of their half remaining, devoting Shaw with the opportunity to select goal inu was penalised for dissent and he made no mistake to make it 8-4 to the visitors. Together with the stroke of half-time, Craig Hall found his drop goal attempt drift wide.
Having looked really clunky with ball in hand in the first half, Salford came out after the break looking considerably skinnier. A pass by Hastings sent Niall Evalds and Salford scored minutes later though Rovers scrambled back into defence when a Tui Lolohea followed his kick which took a deflection back and he also scored.
Inu overlooked the conversion, his attempt hitting against the article, but he’d kick a punishment from more than 40 metres out shortly after to edge Salford.
As Hull KR scored with their first attack of the half at the 58th minute the guide was to prove short-lived. The nearside touchline was broken up by shaw and Linnett racing clear for a try that Shaw converted adding an additional penalty was by his well-timed pass.
But with just 30 seconds on the clock , Lussick pushed over from close selection and also the transformation of Inu tied the scores at 16-16 forcing additional moment to Golden Point.
Salford sealed the win in the second phase of extra-time with all Inu’s drop goal.
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