Hull KR 15-10 Wakefield: Trinity remain bottom of Super League following defeat

Lachlan Coote Wakefield

Wakefield Trinity remain at the bottom of the Super League table following a 15-10 defeat to Hull KR at Craven Park.

Meanwhile, the Robins reignited their play-off hopes following the nail-biting victory.

Rovers had to come from behind on Sunday afternoon after Max Jowitt gave Trinity a 4-0 half-time advantage.

However, the hosts turned it around in the second half, with tries from Jimmy Keinhorst, Ethan Ryan and Lachlan Coote, as well as a Coote conversion and Will Dagger drop goal to lead 15-4.

Trinity scored again through Lewis Murphy but were unable to snatch victory and remain in the relegation zone.

Match report

The Robins made five changes on a scorching day at Sewell Group Craven Park, welcoming back George King, Ethan Ryan and Ryan Hall, while Will Dagger and debutant Sam Royle were also included – the latter on the bench.

For Trinity, hard-hitting winger Jorge Taufua made his debut, as did replacement prop Josh Bowden.

They also welcomed back Mason Lino, while Harry Bowes started on the bench.

In a nervy first half, with both teams lacking confidence, the first real opportunity saw Trinity’s Murphy break tackles, round Coote and look to be heading for the try line. However, Mikey Lewis chased back and stole possession one-on-one, before winning his side a penalty.

Visiting full-back Jowitt opened the scoring following the 20-minute water break after hitting a gap from a neat inside ball and rounding his opposite number Coote to score, before missing the conversion.

James Batchelor was then held up on a crash play the following set.

To compound the hosts’ misery, they lost Dean Hadley to another shoulder injury and captain Shaun Kenny-Dowall was also forced off.

HT: Hull KR 0-4 Wakefield

Rovers had the perfect start to the second half, however, levelling the score when Keinhorst dived over in the corner after neat shortside play involving Lewis and Coote.

Ryan put the Robins ahead, leaping above Taufua to claim Lewis’ kick and ground the ball.

Coote added a third try just after the hour, spinning away from a tackle and diving over the line, adding his first conversion of the day to take the score to 14-4.

Dagger then added a drop goal with just under 10 minutes remaining, but the game was not done as Murphy took Lino’s booming cut-out pass to bring the score to 15-10.

FT: Hull KR 15-10 Wakefield

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