Super League: Hull Kingston Rovers 18-10 Hull FC - Smith guides Rovers to thrilling derby win
|Betfred Super League|
|Hull KR (6) 18|
|Tries: Crooks, Tomkins, Parcell Goals: Shaw 3|
|Hull FC (6) 10|
|Tries: Faraimo, Savelio Goals: Sneyd|
Hull KR moved off the bottom of Super League with a thrilling derby victory over Hull FC at KCOM Craven Park.
The hosts trailed early when Bureta Faraimo collected a typically cute Marc Sneyd kick and crossed in the corner.
But Rovers responded in fine style, Ben Crooks going over after a breathtaking Adam Quinlan breakaway from deep.
A converted Joel Tomkins try put third-placed Hull FC 12-6 up and, although Andre Savelio reduced the gap, a debut try by Matt Parcell wrapped up the win.
A gutsy display by Tony Smith's side moves them above both London Broncos and Leeds, who drop to the foot of the table, while their opponents see a four-game winning run come to an end after a sloppy showing against their fierce rivals.
A raucous crowd were treated by an increasingly intense match, although the quality dipped at times after a frenetic high-quality start that brought two classy tries and a 6-6 scoreline.
Both sides squandered opportunities to go ahead, with Rovers making numerous unforced errors and the hosts guilty of fluffing their lines when well placed.
Another smart kick brought a third try after the break, Tomkins with a beautiful pick-up on the run from Josh Drinkwater's pass.
Savelio bundled over close range to get the visitors within two points and leave the destination of the Clive Sullivan Trophy hanging in the balance in a tense finish.
But loan signing Parcell capped a magnificent debut with a third home try to seal the win with two minutes remaining and send his full-time employers Leeds to the bottom of Super League.
Hull KR boss Tony Smith told Sky Sports:
"We needed that. I was really pleased. I liked some of the rugby we played. We created some good chances.
"It was another close game. The boys are fighting for survival. Further down the road we may not be in that position. Both teams worked hard but they were not at their best and we found the energy at the right times."
Hull FC boss Lee Radford told Sky Sports:
"It's not a nice feeling. I felt that on this occasion they were good for the win.
"The things we said we would do we didn't. To win a derby, you have to fight and scrap more than the opposition and we didn't."
Hull KR: Quinlan, Shaw, Hall, Crooks, Linnett, Drinkwater, Maguire, Parcell, Lawler, Murray, Hauraki, Tomkins, Johnson.
Interchanges: Garbutt, Masoe, Atkin, Livett.
Hull FC: Shaul, Naulago, Connor, Tuimavave, Faraimo, Minichiello, Sneyd, Green, Houghton, Paea, Manu, Griffin, Westerman.
Replacements: Bowden, Fash, Savelio, Taylor.