Hull KR cruise past Catalans to get off the mark
Hull KR claimed their first win of the 2018 Super League campaign with a 23-4 victory over Catalans Dragons on Thursday.
Both teams came into this meeting at Craven Park on the back of two defeats to open the new season, Catalans having retained their top-flight status by defeating Leigh Centurions in the Million Pound Game, while the hosts bounced back at the first attempt following their 2016 relegation.
And it was Rovers who got the better of this contest, taking an early lead as Ryan Shaw touched down in the right corner from Will Dagger's looping pass.
Mose Masoe held off three defenders to stretch over underneath the posts and Shaun Lunt spotted a gap close to the line as the home side took a 16-0 lead into the interval.
ROVERS TRY!!! A really poor last tackle play comes up for the Robins as Lunt kicks over, chases his own kick and forces an error. Next tackle, Masoe comes onto a pass like a STEAM TRAIN and carries 3 men with him over the line. pic.twitter.com/tVahox1G1G-- Hull Kingston Rovers (@hullkrofficial) February 15, 2018
That was extended inside 10 minutes of the restart as Danny Tickle went over, and the only consolation on an otherwise miserable outing for the Dragons was Greg Bird's score midway through the half, Chris Atkin slotting a last-minute drop-goal for the victors.