Super League review: Super Salford and drama at Hull KR

Hull KR's Danny McGuire
Hull KR's Danny McGuire

A review of Sunday's action in the Betfred Super League, where there was drama in Hull and a thumping win for Salford at London Broncos.

Super League results

London Broncos 28-58 Salford

Hull KR 27-26 Castleford

Golden glory for Hull KR

A drop goal from veteran half-back Danny McGuire in golden-point extra time helped Hull KR to a pulsating 27-26 victory over Castleford that could prove crucial in their Super League survival bid.

They trailed 26-14 after an hour, but centre Ben Crooks grabbed a lifeline with two tries in a four-minute spell and winger Ryan Shaw took his goal tally to five from as many attempts to tie the scores.

Both sides missed with a flurry of drop-goal attempts as they sought to break the deadlock, but the game went into extra time and McGuire, who is retiring at the end of the season, came up with the match-winning point.

With bottom club London Broncos losing at home to Salford, Rovers are two points clear of danger with five matches left to play, while Castleford remain outside the top five after experiencing a second golden-point away defeat of the season.

Rovers, who gave debuts to new signings Dean Hadley and Jez Litten, led 12-0 and 14-6 in the first half but trailed at half-time after conceding an eight-point try - the second of the round.

Castleford had no answer in the early stages to the kicking of half-back Josh Drinkwater, whose grubbers into the in-goal area created tries for prop Daniel Murray - his first for the club - and full-back Adam Quinlan.

The visitors also scored from an attacking kick, stand-off Peter Mata'utia touching down his own grubber, while full-back Jordan Rankin collected Jake Trueman's lofted punt and pulled out of Quinlan's attempted tackle to touch down.

Mata'utia's second conversion cut the gap to just two points and they went in front for the first time six minutes before half-time, when winger James Clare gathered another precision kick from Trueman to force his way over the line.

Referee Chris Kendall decided the winger was fouled in the act of scoring and Mata'utia turned it into an eight-point try to put his side into a 20-14 lead.

Rovers were pressing for an equaliser early in the second half when their passing broke down 15 metres out from the line and Mata'utia pounced on the loose ball to get centre Greg Minikin away for an opportunist try.

Mata'utia made it five from five with the boot to extend his side's lead to 26-14, but the game took another twist when Crooks went over for two tries in four minutes.

He finished off a break from hooker Chris Atkin to score his first and then beat his opposite number Cheyse Blair to regather the ball from McGuire's high kick and force his way over for his second.

Shaw maintained his 100 per cent record by kicking his fifth goal to lock up the scores and set up a frenzied last 15 minutes.

McGuire was narrowly wide with his first drop-goal attempt and had another charged down by prop Liam Watts before the Tigers were awarded a penalty for a ball strip and Mata'utia was off target for the first time.

Drinkwater, who had attempted an unsuccessful drop-goal attempt on the stroke of half-time, was then wide with another one-point effort

and Trueman was also off target as the game entered extra time.

Rovers had first use of the ball and McGuire set up the position for the winning score with a 40-20 kick before supplying the finishing touches.

Red Devils relentless

Niall Evalds scored a hat-trick as Salford thumped London Broncos 58-28 to boost their play-off hopes and push the hosts closer towards relegation.

The Broncos had beaten a weakened St Helens a fortnight ago, but there was to be no repeat here as Salford dominated from the off on their way to an emphatic victory.

London sit two points adrift at the bottom of the table while Salford are two points outside the top five.

The first score of the game came when Jackson Hastings' expertly placed grubber kick through to the corner allowed Krisnan Inu to touch down.

They were in again moments later, Tyrone McCarthy bursting through the London line and offloading to Mark Flanagan to finish off by the posts.

Two tries soon became three, on tackle five and with the ball on the Broncos' five-metre line, when Hastings offloaded to Josh Jones who barged his way through to touch down.

Salford very nearly made it four tries, but were thwarted on the fourth tackle when Rhys Williams read the pass superbly, intercepted the ball and sprinted 95 metres to score under the posts. Kieran Dixon converted to cut the deficit to 12 and give the Broncos some hope.

The hope didn't last long though, Evalds diving on to another perfectly placed kick through to give them back their 18-point lead. That was compounded even further after half an hour when Tui Lolohea read Jordan Abdull's pass and went the length of the field.

Salford refused to take their foot off the gas and were in again on the stroke of half-time, Inu latching on to Hastings' long pass in the corner from five metres out to make it 36-6 at the break.

The Red Devils started the second half as they ended the first by piling on the pressure and were on the scoreboard within five minutes. Hastings sold an expert dummy and with only full-back Alex Walker to beat, unselfishly laid off to Evalds to race through.

Kris Welham was next to get his name on the scoresheet, scooping up Hastings' long pass to go through.

The hosts responded as Luke Yates went over from a few metres out to cut the lead back to 48-12.

Almost immediately, Salford were on the board again, Hastings bursting down the left wing to score in the corner to make it 52-12 with 20 minutes left.

Broncos hit back with tries from Matty Fleming and Sadiq Adebayi, but it was too little too late.

There was just enough time for Evalds to complete his hat-trick, with Rob Butler's final score for the Broncos no consolation for the league's bottom side.

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