A late try from Jake Webster gave Hull Kingston Rovers victory in a Humberside derby that lost nothing in the way of local pride and passion for being played on the banks of the Taff.
Hull had just taken the lead with Adam Dykes' drop goal but Rovers found an extra gear with which to respond and take their record against their neighbours since promotion to Super League to four wins in six games.
Hull opened with the quickest try of the weekend so far, Shaun Berrigan making the break and Craig Hall carrying it on to feed Gareth Raynor. The Great Britain winger still had plenty to do and Peter Fox seemed to have timed his tackle perfectly, but the strength of Raynor saw him squeeze just inside the corner flag.
After their early-season trials and tribulations it was the sort of start Hull needed and they should have built on it when Michael Vella was penalised for stealing the ball, but Danny Tickle missed an easy kick at goal. Fox then had to scramble again to get to a loose ball before Hall.
Rovers had hardly been seen as an attacking force and when they were, Chev Walker knocked on a foot from the line. He made up for that after 24 minutes, taking a fine pass from Paul Cooke, beating his man and putting Fox over in the corner. Cooke, the former Hull stand-off whose defection caused such animosity last year, kicked the conversion.
Rovers went further in front when Ben Cockayne swooped on a loose ball. Jake Webster and Ben Galea took them within range and Stanley Gene threw out an overhead pass to Daniel Fitzhenry just before the line.
This time Cooke could not convert and Hull levelled the scores two minutes before half-time. Richard Whiting took Tommy Lee's pass and put through a delicate kick which the diving Fox could not clear, leaving the ball available for Raynor to score his second try. Tickle landed the conversion from the touchline.
Hull edged ahead in the second half when Berrigan set up Danny Washbrook. Rovers equalised again when a clever reverse pass from Cooke allowed Walker to plunge over.
Rovers piled on the pressure and the defensive workload was immense, but somehow Hull held out. The balance threatened to tilt Rovers' way 10 minutes from time , but Kirk Netherton was held up over the line and Cooke missed his drop-goal attempt.
Then Netherton conceded possession with a knock-on as dummy-half to give Dykes an opportunity for one point.
Back bobbed the Robins, though, Clint Newton and Vella being stopped on the line before Galea's pass released Webster. Cooke, just to rub it in, landed a magnificent conversion from the widest of angles.
Hull: Byrne; Sing, Yeaman, Hall, Raynor; Washbrook, Dykes; Dowes, Berrigan, Cusack, Manu, Tickle, Radford. Substitutes used: Lee, Whiting, Thackray, Wheeldon.
Hull Kingston Rovers: Briscoe; Fox, Walker, Webster, Fitzhenry; Cooke, Murrell; Vella, Netherton, Mills, Newton, Gene, Galea. Substitutes used: Crossman, Fisher, Chester, Cockayne.
Referee: S Ganson (St Helens).Reuse content