Hull KR led 12-6 at half-time before rallying to beat Toulouse on Thursday night; Rowan Milnes scored a late try and made three conversions; Euro 2022 winner Georgia Stanway attended to see her boyfriend Toulouse star Olly Ashall-Bott
By PA Sport
Last updated: 05/08/22 12:31 am
Rowan Milnes inspired Hull KR’s second-half comeback to rekindle his team’s play-off hopes with a 22-16 win over bottom team Toulouse in the Betfred Super League.
The defender scored the winning goal late in the game and made three conversions as Rovers battled back from a 12-6 deficit in the first half to engulf the visitors.
In a game full of errors, Rovers made the first mistake in the 4th minute and in the next set, George King went deep into Toulouse territory, but possession of the ball yielded nothing.
The home side gradually dominated but were denied their first attempt in the 10th minute when Shaun Kenny-Dowall was alleged to have touched the ball close to the line.
A break from Jez Litten led to the opening effort as Elliot Minchella completed the next move from a short pass from Frankie Halton and Milnes then added a simple conversion to lead 6-0 after 15 minutes.
Rovers thought they had a second right after, but a Kenny-Dowall forward pass meant Will Tate’s effort was scuppered.
Matty Russell brought the visitors back into the game midway through the first half with a test ball into the left wing after a cross, and a Chris Hankinson free-kick brought them level.
Minchella was denied a second try when referee Liam Moore ruled that Tate’s pass was forward before the striker loosely crossed the line.
Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e failed to capture Tate’s fly-hack and Dan Alvaro struck right in on the visitors’ second attempt, with Hankinson’s conversion giving Toulouse a 12-6 lead in the first half.
Toulouse won the first all-important effort of the second half with five minutes left when Latrell Schaumkel broke through from the right as the hosts broke through heavy pressure to make it 16-6.
But after Lucas Albert started, Ethan Ryan focused a hammer-kick from Milnes to score as Rovers fought back 16-10.
However, when the two sides kept making mistakes, Rovers did well to keep the ball and score the third.
Halton was there to take a pass from Kenny-Dowall and finish from close range. Milnes kicked in the second goal to tie the game at 16-16 with seven minutes left.
Toulouse went out on the next inning and Milnes put his side ahead for the first time since the start of the game with a game-correction effort and his third switch put Rovers ahead 22 -16.
Toulouse struggled to find a way back into the game, but the home side’s solid defense made it impossible to get in.
‘Kenny-Dowall is sensational, I’m proud of the players’
Danny McGuire, interim head coach of Hull KR: “I think he [Kenny-Dowall] splash. He’s tough, the trauma he’s had, an ordinary person still standing on the sidelines.
“He put his hand up, every time we looked around, he would raise his hand. Sometimes he carries the team on his back. He goes out there and serves the ball on the court. That’s the most rewarding thing. .
“I think the overwhelming emotion is pride in commitment to one another. Some of the content there isn’t pretty and some of the stuff we did with the ball and defense is something we’ll look at. When you There’s lust and you play for 80 minutes, you’ll appear on top.
“What I asked [the players] when I was given the responsibility to commit to each other. They delivered that in every training session and every game. “
Toulouse coach Sylvain Houles: “[Hull KR] pushed us out and they eventually managed to beat us. We were under pressure from the start [of the season]There are five games and as long as there’s something to play we’ll give it a go. “
What is next?
Rock-bottom Toulouse will be back against Warrington Wolves on Thursday, August 11 (8pm), with Hull KR hosting the Leeds Rhinos a day later (8pm).