In Profile: Hull Kingston Rovers

In Profile: Hull Kingston Rovers

7th September 2017

On the back of three consecutive wins in the Super 8s, The Qualifiers, Widnes Vikings travel up to face Hull Kingston Rovers on Saturday 9th September, kick-off 3:15pm. 

Denis Betts' side will be looking to continue their good recent run of form when they face Rovers in front of the Sky Sports cameras, in what is sure to be a brilliant contest. 

Therefore, the Vikings media team had a further look at Saturday's opponents ahead of this huge fixture...


Regular Season Finish:

1st (Kingstone Press Championship):
P23, W19, D1, L3, Pts 39
Points For: 850, Points Against: 385, Points Difference: +465



Tim Sheens (2017-Present) - Regarded as one of the most decorated and highly regarded coachers in rugby league, the former Australia Rugby League head coach was a dynamic prop forward in his days in the first grade in Australia with the Penrith Panthers, in which he spent 12 years between 1970-1982. Following his retirement from playing, Tim continued at the Panthers as Head Coach, before spells at the Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers, landing him four Premiership titles to his name. Representative honours came with New South Wales and Australia before his move to England to Salford Red Devils before landing with Hull Kingston Rovers for the start of 2017. 


Danger Men: 

Shaun Lunt - The hooker is regarded as one of the senior members of Tim Sheens’ side, and arrived at Hull Kingston Rovers on the back of an illustrious career, appearing in many Grand Final and Challenge Cup finals. Lunt made his name initially at Huddersfield Giants, and is known for his bursts from dummy half, boasting a record of scoring a try every other game, with 159 tries in 289 appearances. Lunt went on loan to Leeds Rhinos, and had a huge hand in their Grand Final win in that year. The hooker was also recognised at international level, representing England in 2009, and will be a constant threat from hooker for the Vikings. 

Justin Carney - Signing for Tim Sheens’ side in May following an indifferent spell with Salford Red Devils, Justin Carney hit the ground running with his new side. Carney is more famously known on these shores for his time at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with Castleford Tigers averaging better than a try per game with 72 tries in 67 appearances. Carney offers a huge threat on Rovers’ left edge, and with a nickname such as the ‘Tank on the Flank’, he undoubtedly offers a stern test for any opposition winger in any game.

Mose Masoe – Another new signing for the Championship League Leaders, the ex-Saint possesses the physicality and bite that Tim Sheens was wanting from his forwards in The Qualifiers as they attempt to gain Super League status after a year in the second tier. With plenty of NRL games under his belt since his debut in 2010, as well as a two-year spell in the Super League with St Helens between 2014 and 2015, the 6ft 6in, 20st Samoan offers a different dimension to Sheens’ front line. 


Tim Sheens' side, like the Vikings, are currently on a winning streak, boasting an unbeaten record in the Super 8s following wins over Halifax RLFC, Leigh Centurions, London Broncos and Featherstone Rovers. This form has propelled them into 2nd place in the table, and one more victory may be enough to secure their place back in Super League for next season. 

Super 8s Results:

Hull KR 26-22 Halifax RLFC
Leigh Centurions 16-20 Hull KR
Hull KR 35-30 London Broncos
Featherstone Rovers 18-30 Hull KR


Last 8 Meetings with the Vikings:

15th May 2016: Hull Kingston Rovers win 24-10 at KCOM Craven Park

4th March 2016: Widnes Vikings win 30-16 at Halton Stadium

23rd August 2015: Hull Kingston Rovers win 12-8 at Halton Stadium

14th June 2015: Hull Kingston Rovers win 38-16 at KCOM Craven Park

22nd March 2015: Widnes Vikings win 20-16 at Halton Stadium

3rd August 2014: Widnes Vikings win 28-10 at Halton Stadium

4th May 2014: Widnes Vikings win 34-29 at KCOM Craven Park

1st September 2013: Widnes Vikings win 36-22 at Halton Stadium


Tickets for this game are available to purchase for Vikings supporters, click here for full ticket information or details on how to buy. Tickets for this game will come off sale at the Vikings Superstore at 5pm tomorrow. 

In Profile: Hull Kingston Rovers