Hat-trick hero Sio has room for improvement

Ken Sio: Hull KR winger celebrated the first hat-trick of his career against Catalans Dragons.
Ken Sio: Hull KR winger celebrated the first hat-trick of his career against Catalans Dragons.
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PROLIFIC scorer Ken Sio believes he has found the best form of his career since joining Hull KR.

The Australian winger is joint-top try-scorer in Super League having scored six in just the opening five rounds.

His hat-trick against Catalans Dragons on Sunday – the first of his career – helped set up the East Yorkshire club’s second victory of the campaign.

Sio, 24, is certainly thriving following his winter move from Parramatta Eels.

“This is definitely one of my best runs yet,” said the player, who has demonstrated some remarkable finishing quality.

“I am enjoying it here. Super League is totally different to the NRL – they are two different but two tough types of games.

“I’d never scored three – you don’t get many hat-tricks in Oz – so that was great. It’s been a big goal of mine to do that, but I couldn’t have done it without the boys. That was a team effort. I’ve been happy with my scoring, but there’s still room to improve.”

Sio, who has signed a three-year deal at KC Lightstreams Stadium, featured as Hull KR came from 20-4 down just before the break to rout their top-four opponents 50-20.

“It was alarming what happened in the first period; Catalans capitalised on our errors,” he recalled. “But we just had to get a kick up the backside from the coach and then we dug in, improved our defence and stuck to what we trained at in the week.

“Completion was key; the more time you have the ball instead of defending the better – I’d say that second half was one of the best I’ve seen so far.”

Rovers scored 40 unanswered points in that second period and will look to continue with such attacking flair when they head to Widnes Vikings on Sunday. Sio, who shares the try-scoring lead with Castleford’s Justin Carney and is also in Super League’s top three for clean breaks with seven, added: “It’s a big game and we have to make sure we’re ‘on time’ and up again.

“But we’ve two of the best halves in the game in Alby (Albert Kelly) – who is free to play around and can pull something out of the hat – and Campo (Terry Campese) whose direction is so on point.”