Sheffield Eagles 18 Hull KR 40: Two-try Carney stars on debut for Robins

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Justin Carney grabbed two tries on debut to help Championship leaders Hull KR beat Sheffield Eagles.

The Robins ran in eight tries to confirm their place in the end-of-season Qualifiers.

Victory never looked in doubt as Hull KR romped into a 24-0 half-time lead.

And despite an improve second-half from the Eagles - with tries from Elliott Minchella, Kyle Trout and Liam Johnson - the hosts were well beaten.

Robins’ other tries came from Chris Clarkson, Jake Butler-Fleming, Nick Scruton, Ryan Shaw, Shaun Lunt and Zach Dockar-Clay, Jamie Ellis kicking four goals.

“We did some good things today,” said Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens. “I was fairly happy with the result but there are a number of things we could have executed better. Our defence in the second half was quite soft with a few of the boys bumped off tackles. The players were disappointed with that themselves but on a positive note we started the game really strong again.

“We broke in a new half back today with Liam Harris and gave Justin Carney his debut.

“Harris hasn’t played at this level before but it was a great introduction for him and he had to work hard.

“It was a good steady game from Carney. He was patient, didn’t try too hard or come up with any real errors.

“His first try was a very strong finish and showed what he can do, but I don’t expect him to do that every week.”

Sheffield: Owens, Millar, Flynn, Spedding, Blackmore, Brown, Marginet, Wheeldon, Fozard, Richards, Trout, Hope, Minchella. Substitutes: Burns, Mexico, Johnson, Wilson.

Hull K R: Dockar-Clay, Cockayne, Shaw, Salter, Carney, Harris, Ellis, Scruton, Lunt, Jewitt, Addy, Clarkson, Kavanagh. Substitutes: Butler-Fleming, Johnson, Clark, Moss.

Referee: N Bennett (RFL).