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Hull KR hurting after horror start

29 Feb 20, 7:22AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

Photo by Hull Daily Mail

Hull KR have slumped to their fourth loss in a row after slumped to Castleford on Thursday night.

The Robins went down 28-8 on their home turf, their fourth defeat since their round one victory over Wakefield.

The result leaves them near the bottom of the Super League ladder in the 11th spot, just above winless Toronto.

Hull KR faced Castleford without nine of their first-choice XVII including Adam Quinlan, Matt Parcell, Mose Masoe, Weller Hauraki, Jamie Ellis, Jordan Abdull and Harvey Livett.

They are in the transfer market looking for players to strengthen their squad.

Against the Tigers, they then suffered injuries to forwards Mitch Garbutt and Dean Hadley.

Garbutt was taken to the hospital after the game while Hadley was also forced off.

“Mitch has gone off to the hospital,” Robins coach Tony Smith said.

“He may have taken a head knock. Dean Hadley was a bit ill after the match.
Hopefully, they’ll be fine for the next game.”

Hull KR started brightly against Castleford and took a 6-0 lead early. They were edged in front 8-6 at half-time.

But in the second half, the Tigers stepped up a gear and ran in three more tries.

“I thought we were the better team for the first 32 minutes,” Smith said.

“After that Cas was. [But] here was a lot of fight amongst us. They’re showing their effort.

“But we had to get our shoulders into those tackles.”

The match turned in the 41st minute when Ryan Brierley was sin-binned for a professional foul, for blocking Grant Millington as the prop ran to ground a ball and score a try.

The video referee decided against awarding a try, but Brierley was yellow carded and a penalty was awarded to Castleford, which Danny Richardson kicked.

Smith disagreed with the decision.

“I thought the sin-binning was harsh,” he said.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty. Two players are allowed to compete for the ball. Obviously, Chris [Kendall, the referee] saw it differently.”

“I thought it was harsh at the time. It was a big moment in the game.”

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