Hull Kingston Rovers have offered fans that travelled to last Friday’s Super League match at Wigan a free ticket to the Challenge Cup tie against the Warriors on May 15th.
An injury-hit Rovers side were demolished 60-0 at the DW Stadium but have a chance to make amends when the two sides meet again at the Leigh Sports Village in the sixth round of the Cup.
KR were without star half-back Terry Campese, Josh Mantellato, Shaun Lunt and new signing Dane Tilse before Kevin Larroyer was injured in the warm up before Friday’s defeat.
Despite the Robins’ abysmal display on the pitch, their fans were in good spirits right up until the 80th minute, something not lost on head coach Chris Chester.
“I looked across to the away end and saw the fans doing the conga whilst we trailed 60-0 and thought they don’t deserve this,” he said. “We’ve had a chat as a club and have decided that the right thing to do as a one-off is to pay for the fans who made the trip on Friday a ticket to the Cup game in two weeks.
“That’s a massive game for us so we want to take a big and noisy following and make it a real Cup tie. As I’ve already said I am confident it will be a totally different game to what we saw on Friday.”
Mike Smith, the club’s CEO added; “Friday was a tough day for everyone at the club but the unwavering support coming from the away end of the DW Stadium was nothing short of phenomenal. We know fans pay their hard earned money to follow us home and away and we never take that for granted. That was our 4th away game in a row on the back of an expensive weekend away to Catalan for many and it would have been easy for them to stay at home and watch it on TV.”