Leeds drop to bottom as Robins claim derby spoils
Hull KR secured an 18-10 victory over arch rivals Hull FC on Thursday to push Leeds Rhinos to the bottom of the Super League table.
Robins head coach Tony Smith, who has been brought in to change things around at Rovers, was delighted with the two points as tries from Ben Crooks, Joel Tomkins and Matt Parcell helped his side to victory at KCOM Craven Park.
Smith has admitted it could be vital win come the end of the season and feels his side were deserving of the victory against an Airlie Birds side not up to their usual standards.
Smith said: "We needed that. I was really pleased. I liked some of the rugby we played. We created some good chances.
"It was another close game. The boys are fighting for survival. Further down the road we may not be in that position. Both teams worked hard but they were not at their best and we found the energy at the right times."
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford admitted his side were not at the races and was disappointed his players could not secure the bragging rights for their fans.
"It's not a nice feeling. I felt that on this occasion they were good for the win," he said. "The things we said we would do we didn't. To win a derby, you have to fight and scrap more than the opposition and we didn't."
Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.