Hull Kingston Rovers maintained their unbeaten run in the Super League qualifiers with a 38-28 success over Sheffield Eagles at Bramall Lane.
Rovers were slow out of the traps as Mark Aston’s Sheffield showed the greater desire in the opening exchanges, and deservedly took the lead when Eddie Battye grounded the ball over after a pass from Keal Carlile, with Pat Walker kicking the extras.
Rovers eventually showed their Super League credentials when Ken Sio went over in the corner for the first of his three tries, but Kieran Dixon missed the conversion.
The visitors failed to capitalise on Eagles’ John Davies being in the bin after a dangerous tackle on Matthew Marsh, but with five minutes remaining of the first half they took control with two quick-fire tries.
First, Maurice Blair brushed aside Dave Petersen to score, before Sio bagged his second of the match after grounding Blair’s high kick to the corner. Dixon converted both tries.
Sheffield showed guts to cut the deficit when Menzie Yere’s clever pass on the inside presented winger Ryan Miller with a simple try and Dominic Brambani kicked the extras.
Any hopes of a shock ended as the Robins stepped up their game with three unanswered tries from Adam Walker,
Sheffield did not throw in the towel, though, and the sprightly Miller bagged his second try of the evening, but Walker missed the extras.
The final word went to the hosts when Miller again showed a turn of pace to support Cory Aston’s break, before surging over the line to complete his hat-trick, which Walker converted.
Sheffield: Laulu-Togagae, Millar, Yere, Turner, Worrincy, Aston, Brambani, Battye, Carlile, M. Stringer, Knowles, Straughier, Walker. Substitutes: Taulapapa, Petersen, Davies, Davey.
Hull KR: Cockayne, Dixon, Welham, Salter, Sio, Blair, Marsh, Tilse, Boudebza, Puletua, Larroyer, Ollett, Burke. Substitutes: Walker, Donaldson, Cox, Lawler.
Referee: C Kendall (RFL).