HULL KR coach Justin Morgan raised the temperature ahead of Sunday’s Humberside derby by hailing the performance of scrum half Michael Dobson in his side’s surprise 39-22 win over Wigan.
Aussie Dobson, recruited by Morgan in mid-season after James Webster was released due to injury, scored four tries as Rovers came from behind to end their six-match Super League losing run.
Webster last week joined rivals Hull and is poised to make his debut for them against Rovers at the KC Stadium, where he will intriguingly do battle with Dobson, a former Wigan player.
“Michael Dobson was outstanding – far and away the best number seven in the city,” said Morgan.
Wigan twice led through George Carmont tries in the first half at Craven Park and stretched further ahead when Pat Richards touched down after the break.
Yet Rovers were never out of contention and took a firm grip on the game as Dobson turned on the style.
“The breaks came my way,” he said. “It was especially good to score them against Wigan, who have been a big part of my career.”
While Rovers climbed to eighth in the table, Wigan missed out on the chance to reclaim fourth spot.
“We just don’t seem to be able to build any momentum,” admitted coach Brian Noble, whose side had toppled defending champions Leeds only a week earlier.
The Warriors are now eight points adrift of third-placed Catalans, who kept in touch with joint leaders St Helens and Leeds thanks to a last-gasp 32-26 win over Harlequins on Saturday.
The Londoners looked like claiming a draw after a stunning fightback in rain-lashed Perpignan had wiped out the Dragons’ 14-0 half-time lead.
The scores were locked at 20-20 with seven minutes remaining when Olivier Elima touched down for the home side, only for Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook to level again.
Catalans’ Thomas Bosc appeared to have missed the chance to secure the points when his late drop-goal attempt barely threatened the posts.
But a fight broke out on the touchline as time ran out and referee Ashley Klein awarded the Dragons a penalty.
Taken after the hooter, Bosc kicked for touch and, from the resulting play, chipped over the defence for onrushing full-back Greenshields to settle a remarkable game with his second try of the night.