Ryan Hall breaks Super League try record as Hull KR thrash Huddersfield Giants

Ryan Hall became Super League's greatest try-scorer of all time after his double helped Hull KR to a comfortable victory over Huddersfield Giants. Hall, one of British rugby league's all-time greats, scored two late tries as Rovers kept hold of third spot with a 32-6 win over the Giants.

It was a special moment for Hall, who looked genuinely touched by the reaction of Craven Park. His tries produced some of the loudest cheers heard here for some time. He now goes above his former Leeds Rhinos teammate Danny McGuire, with the winger boasting 248 tries in the competition.

The bigger picture? Craven Park remains a fortress. 13 wins in 14 now, though it must be said this wasn't always as comfortable as it looked, with Rovers behind until 33 minutes into the game. However, once Peta Hiku scored, there was no looking back.

Willie Peters opted for just one change from the side that beat Leigh Leopards. It saw Matty Storton replace George King, who has been strongly linked with a move to the Giants next season.

The opening minutes were promising for Rovers, who took control of the battle down the middle and earned early territory. However, they would be hit by a sucker punch.

On seven minutes, as Craven Park started a minute of applause for Rob Burrow, Tyrone May threw a long, misjudged pass that Esan Marsters anticipated and intercepted. He would run 70 metres to open the scoring, despite the best efforts of Hall, who chased from the other side of the field and forced him to the corner. Olly Russell would subsequently miss the conversion.

But that appeared to put Rovers off their game. Their detail and execution wasn't quite on point, as they started to make some uncharacteristic errors.

Huddersfield, in fairness, were gritty. They kicked excellently at the end of their own sets and defensively were tough at the beginning of Rovers', preventing them from getting any ruck speed. When Rovers did shift the ball, the Giants were aggressive and in their face, which forced handling errors.

The Giants would extend their lead courtesy of a penalty goal on 20 minutes, with Peta Hiku adjudged to have been offside when defending his own line. But a key sequence of events would soon follow.

It started with Kelepi Tanginoa and Mikey Lewis producing a sublime tackle on Harry Rushton, picking him up and slamming him to the floor, forcing a knock-on, tackle one. The Giants were penalised for dissent, though Hiku would fumble the ball close to the line.

But from that scrum, Jake Bibby dropped the ball, a shocking error, and Mikey Lewis, kicking the ball on, was taken out. That saw Adam Milner sin-binned for a professional foul. By the time Milner was back on the field, Rovers would have the lead.

Their frustration was lifted on 33 minutes. May, who was experiencing a frustrating evening at this point, superbly grubbered behind the Giants line. Hiku's run was superbly timed, and he would get Rovers' opening score after waiting patiently for the ball to bounce kindly. Lewis' conversion levelled the game.

Before the break, Rovers were ahead. Going for a powerplay on the last, May and Hiku were involved again. Hiku made half a break down the edge, he passed inside to James Batchelor who excellently took the ball forward and waited for May to come to the blind side. The halfback would then step one man and then dive in at the corner in a way that would please any winger. Rovers were 10-6 ahead at half-time.

That was soon extended after the break. Matt Parcell, who had been introduced much earlier than usual for Jez Litten having emerged before half-time, was the scorer. But credit goes to the forwards, Sauaso Sue for a strong carry and offload, then Dean Hadley after he waited for the hooker to wrap-around and dash to the line from close range. Lewis converted, and suddenly, they had a ten-point lead.

It was by no means a classic Rovers performance after this, but they never looked threatened by the Giants after that. Niall Evalds almost scored after a high-tempo move, but couldn't claim a pass. Huddersfield came closest through Jake Bibby, who was held up after trying a scoot from close. The Giants, it must be said, offered little in terms of attacking threat.

The game was wrapped up on 67 minutes. May was involved again, beating a charging defender, getting his arm free and offloading to Evalds. He drew in the fullback and gave Hiku the ball, who stepped inside his man to score by the sticks. That was the outcome sorted, but not the action, far from it.

Andre Savelio, the former Hull FC man, would be sent off on his Huddersfield debut. Rovers were incensed by an incident involving Mikey Lewis, but the back-rower was actually sent off for a throw on Elliot Minchella as he stuck up for his halfback.

After that, the moment everyone has been waiting for. Tries 247 and 248. Hall has waited a while, with his last try coming in the round 10 win over St Helens. But he would score one, then another, to equal and then break the all-time record.

He equalled the record from Lewis' smart kick behind the Huddersfield defence, which he did well to take down low. Then, with three minutes to go, he did it. Lewis was the architect again as he gave the winger the ball in space. He had a lot to do though, but do it he did, showing Bibby the outside, but cutting in and darting to the line. Craven Park erupted.

Hall looked to the sky as he received a standing ovation. You can't help but think it was a moment with his old Leeds team-mate, Rob. A beautiful end.

Hull KR: Niall Evalds, Jack Broadbent, Peta Hiku, Tom Opacic, Ryan Hall, Tyrone May, Mikey Lewis, Sauaso Sue, Jez Litten, Jai Whitbread, Dean Hadley, James Batchelor, Elliot Minchella. Subs: Matt Parcell, Sam Luckley, Matty Storton, Kelepi Tanginoa.

Tries: Hiku (33, 67), May (38), Parcell (44), Hall (72, 77)
Goals: Lewis 4/6

Huddersfield Giants: Tui Lolohea, Sam Halsall, Esan Marsters, Kevin Naiqama, Jake Bibby, Olly Russell, Adam Clune, Chris Hill, Adam Milner, Joe Greenwood, Sam Hewitt, Harry Rushton, Luke Yates. Subs: Ashton Golding, Olly Wilson, Andre Savelio, Sebastine Ikahihifo.

Tries: Marsters (7)
Goals: Russell 1/2