Salford vs Hull K R
7:45pm Friday 13th September
AJ Bell Stadium
Salford procured their Super League complete with a 17-16 Golden Point triumph over Hull KR, who remain up no matter the defeat following London’s defeat at Wakefield.
Krisnan Inu kicked at the drop goal with a moment of extra time remaining to secure third place along with a visit to Wigan following Friday.
Both of these teams and among the most spectacular Golden Point games performed when Gareth O’Brien’s fall goal consisted Hull KR in 2016. It was a historic and remarkable finale for Ian Watson’s team Although the stakes weren’t as high here.
KR were among four teams that could have been relegated in jeopardy also at the start of play, with London, Huddersfield and Wakefield.
The nighttime elsewhere didn’t prove to be just as striking as many expected, using all London being condemned by Wakefield and producing the outcome of Hull KR.
Tries from Josh Drinkwater and Kane Linnett, as well as four goals from as many tries, appeared to have helped Rovers into a six-point success. However, from half, the Joey Lussick of Salford scored with seconds remaining and the match was taken by the conversion of Inu to Golden Point.
It turned out to be a memorable victory for the Red Devils who had won their past seven games, however a bittersweet night. The former Leeds man, among the greats of Super League, missed out on the opportunity of 1000 career points – .
Hull KR produced the start, scoring in the eighth minute when the fracture of McGuire divide the Salford defence as well as the Kyle Trout delivered Drinkwater racing beneath the posts. The conversion was added by ryan Shaw.
The people continued to dominate possession but they had been guilty of some unforced errors which gave a certainty to Salford.
As Jackson Hastings was prevented from taking a restart, with eight minutes of the first half McGuire had been sin-binned for obstruction.
Salford were quick to take advantage of the additional man and it was Hastings with some quick-thinking. After Hastings took a pass 15 metres from the Robins tryline, play appeared to be going but his conduct made the most of the extra guy on the left flank, dying into winger. Inu was not able to add the conversion.
With just three moments of their first half remaining, devoting Shaw with the chance to go for goal inu was penalised for dissent and he made no mistake to make it 8-4 to the people. Together with the stroke of half-time, Craig Hall saw his drop goal attempt float broad.
Having looked clunky with ball in the first half, Salford came out after the break looking sharper. An excellent pass by Hastings delivered Niall Evalds racing apparent and Salford scored moments later, yet Rovers scrambled back into defence if a Tui Lolohea followed his very own kick which took a deflection back and he also scored.
Inu missed the relatively straightforward conversion, his attempt hitting against the post, but he did kick a punishment from over 40 metres out soon after to border Salford to a 10-8 lead.
As Hull KR scored with their first attack of the half at the 58th minute the lead was supposed to prove short-lived. The touchline awakened and Linnett rushing apparent for a try that Shaw transformed adding yet an additional penalty was sent by his pass.
However, with only 30 minutes on the clockLussick moved over from close range and Inu’s transformation tied the scores in 16-16 forcing moment to Golden Point.
Salford secured the win in the next period of extra-time Inu’s drop goal.