Brad Takairangi can’t wait for next week’s Hull derby after securing a remarkable victory over Wigan Warriors on Friday night.
Tries from Albert Vete, Rowan Milnes, Ethan Ryan, Kane Linnett and Jez Litten helped Hull KR to a 26-14 win over Wigan at Craven Park, their first double over the Cherry and Whites in 37 years.
The result allowed Rovers to consolidate their position in the Super League play-offs and all eyes now turn to the derby on Saturday with Tony Smith’s side having the opportunity to inflict yet more misery on their cross city rivals, Hull FC, who have now lost their last four games.
With six games to go before the end of the season, KR know a win would all but secure their spot in the play-offs for the first time since 2013, while a loss would bring FC back into the picture.
“It’s massive,” Takairangi told Sky Sports after their win over Wigan.
“I think we were meant to play them two times already and it’s been cancelled so fingers crossed we can get the game on and I’m really looking forward to the derby.
Takairangi was one of a host of players to stand out on the night, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Matt Parcell among those to catch the eye, too.
However, it was the Cook Islands international who picked up the broadcaster’s man of the match award and it came as a surprise to him.
“I’m not too sure who picked man of the match but I think I owe them a beer,” he laughed.
“I thought our quality was outstanding, Skids did his foot but managed to come back out there and that was really inspirational from him. I’m so proud of the boys.”