Turn the clock back to 1980! Two Tone topped the music charts and Hull Kingston Rovers were one of the best and most feared sides in the Country. Along with City Rivals Hull they ruled the roost for a number of years. With three League Championships in a six year spell the pinnacle of there dominance perhaps came on the 3rd May 1980. The State Express Challenge cup at Wembley Stadium. The City of Hull was left deserted as 95,000 supporters travelled to the capital to watch Rovers beat bitter rivals Hull 10-5 to lift the famous trophy.
Almost forty years later the game has seen many changes. So have The Robins. Through the late 80s and 1990s promotions and relegations came and went leaving Hull Kr a sleeping Giant of yesteryear.
Justin Morgan started the revival leading Rovers to promotion to the Super League in at the end of the 2006 season. The club built steadily with a number of appearances in the end of season Playoffs. In 2016 Salford beat Hull Kr in an unforgettable Million Pound game.
Since then legendary Australian coach Tim Sheens has put together a competitive side in East Hull. A good mix of youth and experience in the ranks with there home ground always tough to travel to for the opposition.
New signings for the 2019 season include Josh Drinkwater from Catalans, Weller Hauraki and Ryan Lannon from Salford. Jimmy Keinhorst and Mitch Garbutt from Leeds Rhinos. Ben Crooks joins from Leigh and experienced NRL player Kane Linnett from North Queensland Cowboys.
New signing, half back Josh Drinkwater
Rovers won a pulsating Hull derby on the opening night of the season before a battling display away at Warrington. They picked up there second win last weekend at home to London Broncos.
Old stager Danny McGuire and Josh Drinkwater look a very useful half back pairing. With former Swinton star Chris Atkin and the versatile Danny Addy in the squad Tim Sheens has plenty of options and cover if needed.
Rovers captain Roger Millward holds the Challenge Cup aloft in 1980.
Super League away record.
Hull KR 8
2007 Hull KR 24 Salford 28
2009 Hull KR 48 Salford 12
2010 Hull KR 30 Salford 12
2011 Hull KR 21 Salford 8
2012 Hull KR 22 Salford 24
2013 Hull KR 28 Salford 18
2014 Hull KR 18 Salford 38
2015 Hull KR 34 Salford 28
2015 Hull KR 46 Salford 22 (Middle Eights)
2016 Hull KR 44 Salford 30
2016 Hull KR 18 Salford 19 (million pound game)
2018 Hull KR 52 Salford 22
2018 Hull KR 10 Salford 28 (Middle Eights)
They played for both
Here are a selection of players to have represented The Robins and The Red Devils,
Greg Austin, Greg Burke, Chris Charles, Michael Dobson, Sean Gleeson, Darrell Goulding, David Hodgson, Lee Jewitt, Justin Carney, Jordan Walne, Phil Joseph, Tommy Lee, Tyrone McCarthy, Craig Murdock, Cory Paterson, Gareth Price, Scott Taylor, Tony Puletua, Richard Smith, Iain Thornley and Kris Welham.
Chris Charles, a real stalwart for both clubs.
A match to remember
Hull Kr 18 Salford 38 Sunday 20th July 2014.
After two excellent victories over Huddersfield and Hull Fc, Salford made it three on the spin on a memorable afternoon at Craven Park. Glorious sunshine greeted the two sides at kick and a shirt sleeve crowd witnessed a tight low scoring first half. Rovers led 12-4 at half time but what ever Salford coach Iestyn Harris said to his players at the break certainly transformed them in the second half.
The Reds we’re rampant tearing there hosts to pieces with some fabulous attacking Rugby. The Robins had no answer to Salford’s punishing attacks.
Josh Griffin grabbed a brace of tries, with Mason Caton Brown, Niall Evalds, Junior Sau, Greg Johnson and Theo Fages all crossing for tries.
The teams that day were;
Hull Kr: Craig Hall, Omari Caro, Kris Welham, Liam Salter, David Hodgson, Travis Burns, Kris Keating, Jason Netherton, Josh Hodgson, Michael Weyman, Kevin Larroyer, Graeme Horne, Neville Costigan.
Subs, James Green, Adam Walker, Aaron Ollet, Jason Chan.
Salford: Niall Evalds, Greg Johnson, Junior Sau, Mason Caton Brown, Josh Griffin, Rangi Chase, Theo Fages, Adrian Morley, Tommy Lee, Darrell Griffin, Matt Ashurst, Harrison Hansen, Tony Puletua.
Subs, Steve Rapira, Jordan Walne, Jason Walton, Francis Meli.
Attendance 8,213. Referee James Child.
There’s always something special about a Saturday afternoon road trip following Salford. A trip to East Hull is one of my favourites. We’ve had some tough days at Craven Park and on the other hand we’ve also had some memorable and unforgettable ones.
After last Sunday’s wake up call against Leeds Ian Watson’s Salford side will be looking to put things right.
Hull Kingston Rovers are a side full of confidence after two home wins and a creditable display at Warrington were the score line some what flattered the Wolves. Early season signs suggest The Robins are going to be a match for most this season.
After naming unchanged sides for three matches running will Ian Watson make changes this Saturday? Tyrone McCarthy, Daniel Murray, Jake Bibbby and Greg Johnson are all waiting in the wings for there first appearances of the season. Ed Chamberlain is nearing full fitness too.
This promises to be another exciting contest between two sides who like to play an expansive brand of Rugby League.
The action gets under way at 3pm.
Safe travels and enjoy the match everyone.