If the hooter had been delayed by another ninety seconds or so, then Hull Kingston Rovers would have pulled off one of the greatest comebacks of the Super League era, but as it was smart, streetwise play from the Wire saw scrum half Michael Monaghan land a drop goal which ultimately saw Warrington home.
But all this excitement seemed an impossible dream as the visitors ran in six un replied to tries, blitzing into a 28-0 lead as Rovers subsided in abject fashion.
Hull KR simply failed to master the basics of rugby league football in the first half hour, and were ripped apart by a Warrington side who simply converted the chances offered to them by non existent sliding defence, silly un forced errors and an inability to get out of a strange torpor which seemed to wrap itself around the collective psyche of the team.
There was much gnashing and grinding of teeth on the South Terrace, not to mention some fruity language when the sixth try was run in. We were justifiably cross, but someone piped up with, “Well I think we are doing OK, actually!” which produced a gale of laughter and put matters in perspective. None of the frankly bilious vitriol that you hear at soccer.
The turnaround was amazing. Quick, incisive and imaginative football saw Warrington’s erstwhile sturdy defence shredded on a regular basis, and these were scores borne of flair and vim, not the result of poor play from the Wire, who by the end were dead on their feet, almost but not quite shattered by a truly remarkable performance from a side who MUST aim for a top six finish this year.
Rovers have a two week break, and I back the best Coach working in Europe to sort out defensive matters which have dogged Hull KR in the Catalan game, and now here.
This game was a great advert for the humour and loyalty of the best fans in this League and it was a pleasure to stand with them absorbing the atmosphere, but come Derby Day Black and White revenge will be high on my agenda.
Hull K R: Briscoe, Fox, Welham, J. Webster, Steel, Fitzhenry, J. Webster, Vella, Fisher, Aizue, Newton, Galea, Murrell.
Replacements: Crossman, Mills, Gene, Cockayne.