Hull KR player ratings: Skipper stands out but mistakes cost in disappointing afternoon at Wembley

Josh McAllister
Hull KR, Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall in action for Hull KR in the Challenge Cup final

Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Tom Opacic received the highest ratings for Hull KR in their dramatic, heartbreaking 17-16 defeat to Leigh in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Lachlan Lam kicked the match winner in golden point, picking up the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy.

Mistakes ultimately cost Hull KR in a somewhat shaky performance on one of rugby league’s biggest occasions.

Hull KR Challenge Cup final Player Ratings

Mikey Lewis – 7. Can play anywhere across the field but his mistake led to Tom Briscoe’s try. Do like him at full-back, though. Gives him that freedom.

Ethan Ryan – 5. Didn’t see much from the winger, who had scored four tries so far in the competition.

Tom Opacic – 8. Had a solid game in the centres and defended everything thrown at him by Leigh. Very impressive.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall – 8. Carried hard and led as a captain should in one of the sport’s biggest games. Unlucky not to get his fairytale Challenge Cup ending.

Ryan Hall – 7. The veteran enjoyed his 450th game and had a hit and miss afternoon, although started strongly. Was found in no man’s land for Briscoe’s try.

Rowan Milnes – 6. Didn’t see too much from the 23-year-old.

Brad Schneider – 7. The dominant of the halves but too many mistakes from his side didn’t allow for flowing rugby league. Would have been higher, but he failed to make touch with a penalty in extra time which could have led to the game winning moment.

Rhys Kennedy – 6. Don’t recall too much from the Australian forward.

Jez Litten – 7. Opened the scoring by backing Elliot Minchella. Decent enough from the hooker pushing for England contention in the near-future.

George King – 8. The Ireland international was very strong in the middle and poked his nose through the Leigh defence a few times. Probably Hull KR’s best forward.

James Batchelor – 6. Hard to judge some players as Hull KR did not attack to their best as we’ve seen in 2023.

Kane Linnett – 7. A decent performance from the veteran and was a threat at times.

Elliot Minchella – 7. A mixed afternoon for the influential forward. Gave away the penalty that allowed Ben Reynolds to open the scoring but soon after assisted the game’s first try for Litten with a powerful run…and then was sent to the sin-bin for a late shot on Ben Reynolds!

Matt Parcell – 6. Scored the 78th levelling try, his third four-pointer of the season. A big moment in the match but not enough in the end.

Matt Storton – 5. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough, but didn’t see too much from the forward.

Dean Hadley – 5. Another player hard to judge by, I think.

Sam Luckley – 5. Not his best game.

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