Widnes Vikings, Select Security Stadium Halton, Lower House Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7DZ
Sunday 15th May 2016, 15:00
Super League - Round: 14
Hull Kingston Rovers
Shaun Lunt, Ken Sio, James Greenwood, Albert Kelly,
Gil Dudson, Corey Thompson,
Ben Cockayne 4,
Attendance: 7,506 Official: R Hicks Venue: KC Lightstream Stadium
Full Time Report
Hull KR paid tribute to club legend Roger Millward with a 24-10 victory over Widnes Vikings on an emotional afternoon at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Millward died this month at the age of 68, and a video tribute was shown pre-match before his family took to the field before kick-off ahead of a minute’s silence.
Shaun Lunt got Hull KR off to a dream start as he sprinted away from the Widnes defence for the game’s first try on three minutes.
However, that proved to be something of a false dawn as an error-strewn first half saw no further points scored after Ben Cockayne converted Lunt’s effort.
The hosts made an equally bright start to the second half, with Albert Kelly sending Ken Sio over in the 42nd minute and Cockayne again adding the extras.
Gil Dudson bundled over for the Vikings but Rovers soon responded through James Greenwood, and Corey Thompson’s late attempt to spark a comeback was cancelled out when Albert Kelly collected his own chip under the posts.
The win sees the Robins boost their chances of finishing in First Utility Super League’s top eight, as they closed to within three points of a Vikings side who have now lost their last seven matches.
Hull KR coach James Webster praised his players for honouring Millward in the perfect way.
"We saw a fitting day for Roger," Webster said. "The game was probably similar to a cup final.
"We got to the ground earlier than normal and there was a long time waiting but I thought we handled it well.
"It was a tough day for all but it was a fitting tribute to an inspirational person. We trained on the pitch while supporters have laid flowers and their tributes.
"There are only a handful of players who get rewarded with that kind of tribute."
Vikings coach Denis Betts added: "We're very disappointed.
"We got caught up in the emotion before the game which was a fantastic tribute.
"We're hurting badly. The score suggests we didn't defend well but we had opportunities to win.
"We just have to find a way to turn misfortunes into wins because we just didn't have enough to do that.
"KR played with energy and had real purpose. Every game we play from now on is going to be like a cup final.
"We have put ourselves in a hole but nobody has really pulled away from us."