Burns holds his nerve to cap Rovers’ thrilling comeback


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Hull KR snatched a dramatic 24-24 draw after scoring two converted tries in the last three minutes to stun Huddersfield in a match which featured a 26-man brawl, with three sent to the sin bin.

The Giants looked to have secured both points after dominating the match and leading 24-6 at half-time, despite having two players handed yellow cards.

But Rovers battled to the end and ran in late tries through the joint-captain, Josh Hodgson, and Omari Caro to get to within touching distance of their hosts. Stand-off Travis Burns then kept his nerve with the last kick of the match to snatch an unlikely share of the spoils.

The game was held up for nine minutes while Rovers’ Jamie Langley was treated on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher with a leg injury, and there was another stoppage following a brawl that resulted in Huddersfield’s Jason Chan and Rovers’ Justin Poore going to the sin bin.

The Giants were down to 11 men for a spell when centre Joe Wardle became the third player to be shown a yellow card, this time for holding down Kris Welham after halting his 60-metre break out of defence.

Even with their numerical advantage, Rovers struggled to break down Huddersfield’s superbly marshalled defence – until early in the second half, when forward Jordan Cox stretched out for the line to register his side’s second try; Burns adding the goal.

Hodgson touched down three minutes from the end after full-back Greg Eden’s high kick caused confusion in the Giants defence, and there was just enough time for Caro to make the most of an overlap and sprint 60 metres for his second try, with Burns kicking his fourth goal.

Justin Carney scored a hat-trick as league leaders Castleford beat Catalan Dragons 32-6 to make it two wins from two Super League games.