Dobson takes tally past 1,000 in Rovers' victory
Huddersfield 26 Hull KR 44
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
The Galpharm Stadium
Tuesday 12 June 2012
Huddersfield's annual mid-summer jitters assumed season-ruining proportions last night. David Hodgson returned to the club he left last year to score two tries, as Hull KR emerged superior in all departments. That was especially true at scrum-half, where Michael Dobson decisively outplayed the England candidate, Danny Brough.
Huddersfield had lost four in a row, Rovers had won five of their last six, and the first try reflected that difference in form, Hodgson strolling over from a scrum-base move. The Giants looked nervy, but Brough settled them down with a pin-point cross-field kick, for which Leroy Cudjoe out-jumped two defenders for the equaliser.
It took a memorable tackle from Luke Robinson to indirectly give the Giants the lead. Robinson, one of the smallest players on the field, clattered into Ryan O'Hara, one of the biggest, with such force that the ball came loose near his own try-line. Eorl Crabtree muscled his way through a defence that could not cope with the extra work.
Dobson tied the scores and Rovers led at half-time, thanks to Kris Welham catching up with Dobson's grubber kick a fraction before the dead-ball line. Huddersfield began the second half in similarly self-destructive mood, Dale Ferguson spilling the ball and Ben Galea finding a gap with an angled run to the try-line. Rovers made it a three-try margin with a Dobson penalty. Another cheap turn-over of possession then gave Hodgson his second try.
Aaron Murphy got one back, but fittingly it was Dobson's second and conversion, bringing up his 1,000 points for Rovers, that made sure of the win, although Murphy claimed his second and Larne Patrick crossed near the end, just before Craig Hall rounded it off.
Huddersfield: Eden; Murphy, Cudjoe, Lawrence, George; Brown, Brough; Crabtree, Moore, Fa'alogo, Gilmour, Ferguson, Lee. Substitutes used: Robinson, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan.
Hull KR: McDonnell; Webster, Horne, Welham, D Hodgson; Hall, Dobson; O'Hara, J Hodgson, Taylor, Mika, Galea, Lovegrove. Substitutes used: Withers, Paea, Murrell, Netherton.
Referee: T Alibert (France).
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