Hull KR 50 Catalans Dragons 20 (Half-time 10-20)

An amazing second-half display by Hull KR helped them to not only defeat Catalans Dragons convincingly at Craven Park, but to also lift themselves off the foot of the Super League table. Trailing at half-time by ten points, they ran in 40 unanswered points in the second period as Aussie Ken Sio moved himself to the top of the try scoring charts with a hat-trick. Hull coach Chris Chester will now hope that they can capitalise on the stunning performance to climb further up the table in the weeks ahead.

For the French side it was another bad day on the road.

Catalans had looked impressive in the early stages, with Willie Tonga scoring a try to get them on the scoreboard. The home side's stand-off Sio brought them back into the game with his first try of the day, but that prompted the visitors into a flurry of action as they crossed their opponents' line three times to storm into a commanding lead, as Michael Oldfield, Remi Casty and Eloi Pelissier went over. Their tries followed the sin-binning of Hull KR's prop Mitch Allgood on 23 minutes, which reduced the northern England side to 12 men for 10 minutes, allowing the Catalans to capitalise while they were numerically advantaged.

Perhaps the key moment came just before the interval, when Ben Cockayne brought his side back into the game with a converted try to reduce the deficit to 20-10 at the break.

That brought the hosts renewed hope and they clearly worked a few things out during the half-time intermission, given their second-half display.

Hull were seemingly transformed after the break, running in seven tries without reply, as they romped clear of their rivals and piled on 40 points. Sio helped himself to another two further tries, making that six already for the new season.

Cockayne added a further try himself and loanee Shaun Lunt bagged a brace of tries on his debut. The clutch of scores came in a breathless 24-minute period, with scrum-half Albert Kelly and Liam Salter completing the try scoring for the northerners. Josh Mantellato benefited from the try blitz, grabbing himself seven goals as a result from his nine efforts.

The victory was a welcome one for Hull KR, especially as it condemned their local rivals Hull FC to drop to the bottom of the Super League, but more essentially it lifted them up to eighth place. These are slightly worrying times for the Catalans though, as although they are scoring plenty of points themselves, those are being negated by the amount of scores they are conceding, with 90 points being shipped in their last two games now.