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Andrew Ferguson kicks off our 2020 Super League club review series with a look at how Hull KR's season panned out as they finished 11th - last - on the table.
Hull KR weren't expected to be world beaters in 2020, far from it. After narrowly evading relegation at the end of 2020 thanks solely to having a less woeful points difference than the London Broncos, it was expected that they would be next to drop down, especially given the newly promoted Toronto Wolfpack had dominated the Championship.
The Rovers though opened the season with a solid 30-12 win over Wakefield, but sadly, that's where their season peaked. They lost their 5 games before the competition was shut down due to the Coronavirus.
Three weeks after the resumption, the Rovers scored just their 7th win in 30 games against Wigan, with an emphatic 34-18 victory. It would be a month before their next and final win of the season, over Salford.
Hull KR finished at the bottom of the table, but will not be relegated, giving them yet another chance to redeem themselves in 2021.
Round 3 vs Leeds - After a promising start where they beat Wakefield before going down in a tight local derby with Hull FC, The Rovers looked to have improved on 2019. But Leeds soon set the record straight as they scored a 52-10 win. Hull KR lost their next 6 games, conceding 204 points (an average of 34 per game) and never recovered.
Very little. Their attack and defence both worsened compared to last year, however the one small glimmer of light came in the form of Ben Crooks, who bagged 11 tries in 12 games.
Their attack was almost 2 points per game worse than last year, while their defence was over 4 points per game worse. Coach Tony Smith has a lot of work to do and only has a very short off-season in which to do it.
Kane Linnett. In his second year at the Rovers and has gone from strength to strength. Made the transition to part time back rower seamlessly and dominated in the process. He and Elliott Minchella were the standout players for the club in what was an otherwise bleak season.
William Tate was the only debutant at the club in 2020. He played 4 games across Fullback and wing and looked solid. Jez Litten though, in his second year at the club and just his 4th season in the Super League, had a standout season and looks set to become one of the top rakes in the competition in the near future.
The club has made some huge signings moving into 2021 and they had to! Korbin Sims will join the forward pack from the St.George-Illawarra Dragons, while Albert Vete from the Melbourne Storm and Ryan Hall from the Sydney Roosters, will both be lining up for the Red and Whites next year.
The side will also have 20-year-old Muizz Mustapha on loan from the Rhinos. They have had a major clean out of players too, with Jamie Ellis, Matty Gee, Ryan Brierley and Nathaniel Peteru all departing for the newly promoted Leigh Centurions. Mitch Garbutt, Dan Murray and Will Oakes are all heading to new clubs, while the loans for Elliot Wallis and Harvey Livett have both ended. Kyle Trout and Weller Hauraki have both been released.
|SL R1||Jan 31st||H||Wakefield||W||30-12||Smith||Ellis||KCOM Craven||4th|
|SL R2||Feb 7th||A||Hull FC||L||16-25||Smith||Ellis||KCOM Stadium||5th|
|SL R3||Feb 14th||A||Leeds||L||10-52||Smith||Hadley||Headingley||11th|
|SL R4||Feb 21st||H||Huddersfield||L||4-22||Smith||Hadley||KCOM Craven||11th|
|SL R5||Feb 27th||H||Castleford||L||8-28||Smith||Hadley||KCOM Craven||11th|
|SL R6||Mar 8th||A||Wigan||L||16-30||Smith||Brierley||DW Stadium||11th|
|CC 5R||Mar 15th||H||Leigh||W||22-19||Smith||Hauraki||KCOM Craven||to QF|
|SL R8||Aug 8th||A||Warrington||L||10-40||Smith||Hauraki||Headingley||11th|
|SL R10||Aug 30th||H||St Helens||L||18-32||Smith||Hauraki||Halliwell Jones||11th|
|SL R11||Sep 3rd||H||Wigan||W||34-18||Smith||Hauraki||Headingley||10th|
|SL R12||Sep 11th||A||St Helens||L||20-21||Smith||Hauraki||Totally Wicked||10th|
|CC QF||Sep 18th||A N||Leeds||L||18-48||Smith||Hauraki||Totally Wicked||Elim|
|SL R13||Sep 24th||H||Leeds||L||16-41||Smith||Brierley||Halliwell Jones||10th|
|SL R14||Sep 30th||A||Huddersfield||L||22-32||Smith||Hauraki||John Smith's||10th|
|SL R15||Oct 9th||A||Catalans||L||4-34||Smith||Hauraki||Gilbert Brutus||10th|
|SL R16||Oct 13th||H||Salford||W||24-22||Smith||Hauraki||Halliwell Jones||10th|
|SL R17||Oct 22nd||A||Castleford||L||24-38||Smith||Hauraki||Totally Wicked||10th|
|SL R18||Oct 25th||A||Wakefield||L||18-48||Smith||Ellis||Mobile Rocket||11th|
|SL R19||Oct 29th||H||Hull FC||L||16-31||Smith||Hauraki||Totally Wicked||11th|