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Rovers revival delights coach

Craig Sandercock praised Hull KR's self-belief after they scored two tries in the last three minutes to snatch a 24-24 draw at Huddersfield.

Huddersfield led 24-6 at half-time after dominating an ill-tempered first half in which three players were sin-binned, and they still held a 12-point advantage with time running out.

But co-captain Josh Hodgson and winger Omari Caro both went over for last-gasp tries and Travis Burns kept his nerve to land his fourth conversion with the last kick of the match.

"Travis is a very confident character," said Sandercock. "He loves that kind of stuff.

"I was glad he was taking the kick and not me."

There was little sign of the drama to come after Huddersfield, picking up from where they left off in their opening 24-8 win at champions Wigan, raced into a 16-0 lead after 24 minutes thanks to tries from Danny Brough, Luke Robinson and Kyle Wood.

The visitors, who lost forward Jamie Langley with concussion on 25 minutes, pulled a try back through Caro but slipped further behind when Robinson scored his second try and Brough kicked his fourth goal on the stroke of half-time.

Hull KR were much-improved in the second half and forward substitute Jordan Cox went over for a try within three minutes of the re-start to give them renewed hope.

Huddersfield had tries from Brett Ferres and Wood disallowed by referee Phil Bentham and Rovers made the most of the let-offs with their thrilling finish.

"The second half was very pleasing," Sandercock said. "I don't think any other team will come here and get a point after trailing 24-6.

"I was very disappointed with our first half but I have to commend the players for their second half. It shows there is a bit of self-belief there.

"We showed some good desperation and we had some good luck go our way for a change."

Huddersfield had Jason Chan and Joe Wardle sin-binned in the first half, along with Rovers' Justin Poore, but looked to have done enough to earn the spoils and coach Paul Anderson was highly critical of his team's second-half performance.

"It's about attitude," Anderson said. "In the first half we scored points for fun and at times I thought we embarrassed Hull KR.

"But at some point in that game we made a decision to stop working hard together. The one-out carries and stuff like that are not acceptable.

"They are not Giants-like and they will not be tolerated. The players have had a spray. It won't happen again because, if it does, there will be changes, simple as that."