Hull KR have reached the halfway point in their 2022 Super League season, and Tony Smith’s men have so far endured a wave of emotions. The Buckets
currently sits seventh in the league table, but many clubs are breathing down the necks of Rovers, who have to put their recent bad form to bed right away to challenge for a lower finish at the end of the season.
There have been many ups and downs, and several individuals impress more than most. So with that in mind, Hull Live has looked back on the season so far and handed out a number of “mid-season awards” to several players.
Best Player – Ryan Hall
The veteran winger was in sublime form in 2022. Hall once again surpasses the Test scoring board for the Robins with nine in all competitions and is fourth on the Super League ladder for meters made with 1782. His work in poor ball sets. the platform for Rovers, with an average gain of 8.29m in contact and 215 carries, which lightens a lot of work for the previous package. At 34 years old, Hall is like good wine, and although he may lack the raw speed of his former self, his professionalism and contribution to this Hull KR side is excellent and does not go unnoticed. A shout out to George King and Shaun Kenny-Dowall, who also had a wonderful first half of the year.
Best Young Player – Jez Litten
This year, Jez Litten has once again demonstrated why his free transfer from Hull FC is one of Rovers ’best things in recent history. The busy mistress wears her heart on her sleeve on every outing and rarely sets foot wrong. His partnership with Matt Parcell has helped Litten progress since exchanging West for East, which saw Litten recently rewarded with a call from England Knights along with the mercurial Mikey Lewis.
Best Game – Hull KR 34-18 Warrington
Scouts put the Wolves to the sword in early April, with four attempts in the opening 17 minutes by the Rubies blasting Warrington from the park. Ryan Hall’s brace and attempts by Halton, Coote, Keinhorst, Lewis and Litten sealed a convincing victory for Explorers, who would go on to win their next four games in a similar fashion.
Best Test – Lachlan Coote (FC at home)
Coote’s second attempt at the Karena Derby was spectacular. Although Ethan Ryan made the attempt so special with his pass on Joe Lovodua and Manu Ma’u after taking a Luke Gale bomb, Coote’s backup play to support the flying winger finished the four-pointer off in style. Coote’s salute to the jubilee north stand sealed the first boast of 2022 to the city’s east side when Rovers received one over their rivals on Good Friday.
Most improved – Sam Wood
After a hot debut against the Wigan Warriors and a poor showing in round 2 against his former side Huddersfield Giants, Wood has seen his efforts in recent months rewarded when the user wrote a new deal with the Rubies until the end of 2023. Wood’s resilience after a poor start showed the a battle in him and his will to improve. He will be looking to add some excitement to the side as he returns this weekend against the Salford Red Devils after more than a month with a dislocated patella.
Best Signature – Frankie Halton
The back rower was virtually unknown when Halton signed for the Robins from championship dress Featherstone Rovers last year. However, jump ahead to June 2022, and Halton is one of Hull KR’s brightest stars. His speed of work and efficiency in both attack and defense are Halton’s most significant strengths, with head coach Tony Smith recently praising Halton’s consistent contributions to the team. Although he is still contracted until the end of 2023, Rovers should look to tie the forward with a long-term deal, as Halton has proven to be one of the robbers of the season.