Super League: Hull Kingston Rovers 23-4 Catalans Dragons
|Betfred Super League|
|Hull KR (16) 23|
|Tries: Shaw, Masoe, Lunt, Tickle Goals: Shaw 3 Drop goal: Atkin|
|Catalans Dragons (0) 4|
Hull KR secured a first victory since returning to Super League as they beat Catalans Dragons.
In a first half beset by errors, Ryan Shaw's early try was added to by Mose Masoe and Shaun Lunt before the break.
Hull KR increased their 16-0 half-time lead through Danny Tickle's debut try before David Mead ran 40 metres for Catalans' first score.
Shaw hit the post with a penalty-kick attempt before Chris Atkin's drop goal put the seal on Hull KR's victory.
Hull KR had lost their opening two Super League games following promotion from the Championship last season, while it is now three defeats in a row for Catalans, who secured their top-flight status last year by winning the Million Pound Game.
The hosts went ahead within six minutes as they pounced on a mistake by Luke Walsh, and a well-worked move from left to right saw Danny McGuire set-up Shaw in the right-hand corner.
Both sides made errors in the first half but Masoe drove over for his first Hull KR try with half-time approaching, while Lunt dived under the posts from dummy half on his 300th career appearance to extend the home side's lead to 16-0 at the break.
Tickle, who joined Hull KR from Leigh Centurions earlier this month, spun in for a try on his debut after a pass from McGuire before Mead used his speed to race in for Catalans' first points.
But the visitors rarely troubled Hull KR throughout and the hosts cruised to their first win of the season with Atkin adding a drop goal in the final minute.
Hull KR coach Tim Sheens:
"It was two teams in the same position and you can't let things get too far away from you. There was an element of ugliness about the game at times but that's what we needed to do.
"We protected our lead and tried to control the football and we did that with 93% completion in the second half, we handled it very well.
"We lost two sets on the first tackle but that was when we were having a go. We need to settle down a bit more at times.
"Things will get better in the summer but right at the moment we just need to slug it out and kick well."
Catalans coach Steve McNamara:
"I'm very disappointed. We went from last week looking like contenders, to this week looking a million miles off it.
"The first half probably couldn't have gone any worse if we had tried to be honest. That was not acceptable and our errors in the first half were ridiculous.
"At 10 minutes before half-time when it was still only 4-0, it was a miracle it was only 4-0. The two tries before half-time took the game a little bit further away from us.
"This is not going to determine the season as to whether we're in the top eight or the middle eight. Every two points is vital and we weren't good enough and we didn't deserve it."
Hull KR: Dagger, Shaw, Salter, Minns, Carney, McGuire, Atkin, Jewitt, Lee, Mulhern, Blair, Clarkson, Kavanagh.
Replacements: Lunt, Walne, Masoe, Tickle.
Catalans Dragons: Mead, Broughton, Thornley, Wiliame, Tierney, Albert, Walsh, Casty, Aiton, Simon, Garcia, Bird, Baitieri.
Replacements: Bousquet, Duport, Margalet, Da Costa.
Referee: James Child (RFL).