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Barba brace edges Robins

Saints stretched their lead at the top of the Betfred Super League to six points with a 26-4 win over Hull KR.

Ben Barba crossed for his 21st and 22nd tries of the season – whilst Mark Percival and Ryan Morgan also scored in the victory.

James Roby tallied a special milestone four-pointer too as he took his total in the Red Vee to 100.

Saints dominated in terms of chances and possession and deservedly led 18-0 at half time.

Holbrook’s men got their night underway within the first minute as they punished the Robins for putting the kick-off dead.

After Theo Fages had probed on the left hand side, the ball came right and Ben Barba found Ryan Morgan for his 11th of the season.

Eight minutes later James Roby spotted a gap and went over from dummy half – his 100th try in the Red Vee.

Fages then almost unlocked Barba with a deft chip before Luke Thompson had one chalked off for a knock on in the build up.

Saints continued to knock on the door but it took until the 27th minute for them to score again.

And it came via the hands of Fages and Zeb Taia who combined perfectly to turn it inside to Barba for his 21st of the season.

Saints continued to press and could have have been further ahead at half time – but they couldn’t find the killer touch to take the game away from their opponents.

And early in the second, Hull KR reduced the deficit.

It was a great try too; the ball going through at least 20 pairs of hands, left to right and back again, before Junior Vaivai collected his own kick.

Saints restored their advantage with a touch of class.

Dom Peyroux burst through and went 30 metres before turning it inside to Danny Richardson.

The young half back then, at full tilt, left footed it over Percival who touched down.

Barba went close twice in quick succession and then Roby was unlucky not to tally his brace.

But the game stuttered somewhat to a close as both sides turned the ball over on numerous occasions.

However, the best was saved until last once again as Percival collected a kick on his own line as the hooter sounded and sent Barba the distance.

 

Justin Holbrook thought Saints lifted themselves after their tough game over Hull FC to beat Hull KR on Friday night.

“We came off a tough game on Sunday and it was always going to be a challenge,” he said. “I thought we handled that challenge really well. I thought the players lifted after a tough game and controlled it very well.

“It was scrappy. We would get down to their line quite easily but couldn’t get over it. We came close a few times but all in all I was just really pleased to come away with a good win.

“It was a slow game but I thought we played well and were in control of it.”

He continued: “James Roby was good. He was back to his best and a stand out for us. He was impressive and sharp and that was great to see.

“It was good for his to reach 100 tries for the club too. It is a great landmark from a great player.”

Match Summary:

Saints:
Tries: Morgan, Roby, Barba (2), Percival
Goals: Richardson (3 from 5)

Hull KR:
Tries: Vaivai
Goals: Shaw (0 from 1)

Penalties Awarded:
Saints: 11
Hull KR: 7

HT: 18-0
FT: 26-4

REF: Gareth Hewer

ATT: 9,405

Teams:

Saints:
23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook,
Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 20. Matty Lees.

Hull KR:
1. Adam Quinlan; 5. Ryan Shaw, 22. Liam Salter, 2. Junior Vaivai, 37. Elliot Wallis; 20. Matty Marsh, 11. Maurice Blair; 23. Joshua Johnson, 30. Joe Cator, 12. James Greenwood, 17. Chris Clarkson, 34. Danny Tickle, 15. James Donaldson.
Subs: 8. Nick Scruton, 10. Mose Masoe, 13. Ben Kavanagh, 24. Chris Atkin.

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