|Hull KR (18) 25|
|Tries: Crooks 2, Lewis, Linnett Goals: Abdull 4 Drop-goal: Abdull|
|Huddersfield (4) 24|
|Tries: McGillvary, McIntosh 2, Wardle, McQueen Goals: Sezer 2|
Ben Crooks scored the fastest try in Super League history as Hull KR edged out a thriller against Huddersfield to gain their first win of the season.
Rovers’ Crooks crossed after seven seconds and then worked a second prior to Mikey Lewis’s score.
Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Jake Wardle and Chris McQueen’s tries gave Huddersfield a narrow lead.
Kane Linnett put Hull KR ahead before McIntosh levelled, but Jordan Abdull’s drop-goal sealed it for Rovers.
Crooks’ record-breaking try, which came after Sam Wood missed the ball from Abdull’s kick-off, beat the previous fastest score of 14 seconds, set by St Helens’ Tim Jonkers against Wakefield in 2002.
It also tops the fastest try scored in the NRL, which was set almost four years ago when Kirisome Auva’a crossed in just 11 seconds for Parramatta against Brisbane.
However, Crooks’ match ended early when he was forced off with an ankle injury early in the second half, with Korbin Sims also coming off after a head knock despite being a late addition when he passed concussion protocols.
There was also controversy when McQueen went over to put Huddersfield 20-18 up. He appeared to fumble the ball, but despite referee Luke Moore not giving the try video referee Chris Kendall overruled his decision and awarded it.
But Abdull’s dramatic late drop-goal helped Hull KR avoid a third match going to golden point extra time in one of the most memorable games in Super League history.
Ian Watson’s Huddersfield remain winless in Super League under his tenure.
Hull KR: Quinlan, Hall, Ryan, Crooks, Kenny-Dowall, Lewis, Abdull, Lawler, Linnett, Johnson, Sims, Parcell, King.
Interchanges: Vete, Hadley, Litten, Mustapha.
Huddersfield: McIntosh, McGillvary, Wardle, Cudjoe, Wood, Cogger, Sezer, Yates, Cunningham, Lawrence, McQueen, Edwards, Jones.
Interchanges: English, Gaskell, O’Brien, Ashworth.
Referee: L. Moore.