St Helens' 100 per cent start ended by Kelly’s epic double

Cunningham loses his first Super League game as St Helens coach

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Albert Kelly scored two sensational 90-metre solo tries to help Hull KR shatter St Helens’ 100 per cent record in Super League last night.

The Australian half-back twice demonstrated exceptional pace to punish errors by the reigning champions to put the Robins on their way to a 24-22 win and leave Saints still looking for a first victory at Craven Park since 2008.

Rovers, who claimed the scalp of Wigan last month, were good value for a third successive home win that rounded off a good day for the club after they earlier announced the notable acquisition of Jamie Peacock as football manager for 2016.

St Helens, who trailed  24-12 with five minutes to go, could have snatched a point had former Hull KR co-captain Travis Burns been able to convert Jordan Turner’s last-minute try but it would have been tough on the impressive Robins.

Saints stay top of the table but they were a shadow of the side that beat Warrington a week earlier and coach Keiron Cunningham must now pick them up for their Good Friday derby at Wigan.

Elsewhere, Aaron Murphy scored two tries as Huddersfield ended their hoodoo against Warrington but it was Danny Brough who starred in the Giants’ 29-10 win.

Brough provided the assist for both of Murphy’s tries in a typically influential display and the talismanic stand-off also landed four conversions and a drop goal.

Jamie Ellis, Jermaine McGillvary and Eorl Crabtree also crossed the whitewash for Huddersfield, who ended a run of 11 games without victory against Wolves going back to 2011.

Wigan got back to winning ways by thrashing injury-hit Wakefield 52-10 at the DW Stadium.

Castleford climbed away from the bottom three with a 20-14 home win over Hull.

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