Rovers snatch derby spoils
A review of Thursday's Super League action, as Hull KR snatched a late win over bitter rivals Hull FC.
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Craig Hall won the 221st Humberside derby for Hull KR with a drop goal 46 seconds from time that earned his side a thrilling 21-20 win over arch rivals Hull FC.
The home side appeared to have squandered their chances when they let a 10-point lead slip but Hall kept his cool to see off his former employers in the most dramatic of fashions.
It meant a second drop-goal defeat in three weeks for Hull, who looked shattered at the end after recovering from 20-10 down and would have won the game had Richard Whiting converted Fetuli Talanoa's 75th-minute try from the touchline.
Hall's intervention came as sweet relief to forward James Green who had earlier dropped the ball a yard out from the line when a try - which would have killed off the visitors - was begging.
On balance Rovers just about deserved the verdict which had looked like being a more convincing one thanks to two-try Graeme Horne's contribution amid a crazy second-half period.
England winger Ryan Hall grabbed a hat-trick and Rob Burrow marked his 400th appearance with a try as Leeds Rhinos cantered to a 46-6 derby victory over struggling Bradford Bulls.
The Bulls never recovered from a blistering start by the visitors, who scored four tries in the first 14 minutes, and a sixth straight defeat keeps them rooted to the foot of the First Utility Super League.
Kevin Sinfield, Joel Moon, Danny McGuire, Liam Sutcliffe and Kallum Watkins also crossed for the rampant Rhinos, while Bradford's only consolation was a converted first-half try from Lee Gaskell.
William Barthau inspired the Catalan Dragons to a thrilling 28-22 win against London Broncos as they sentenced the hosts to a ninth successive defeat.
Barthau scored one try, created another and provided guile throughout as the French side held off a late rally, having been 28-4 ahead with just 12 minutes to play.
Michael Oldfield, Zeb Taia, Eloi Pelissier and Vincent Duport all ran in tries for the French side, with Thomas Bosc landing four conversions.
Mason Caton-Brown went over twice for the spirited Broncos, with their other scores coming from Nesiasi Mataitonga and Denny Solomona plus three conversions from the boot of Joshua Drinkwater.