9th September 2017, 17:48 | super_league
Hull Kingston Rovers are back in Betfred Super League following a day of high drama in the Super 8s Qualifiers.
Eleven months on from suffering the heartbreak of defeat in the Million-Pound Game, Rovers secured an immediate return to the top flight with two rounds to spare thanks to a nail-biting 12-6 victory over Widnes Vikings at KCOM Craven Park.
That followed an equally tense 32-30 win by Warrington Wolves over Leigh Centurions which ensured Tony Smith's side keep their place in Super League and leaves Widnes to battle it out with Leigh and Catalans Dragons for the other automatic place.
The outcome of Hull KR coach Tim Sheens' 700th club match was decided by an 80-metre interception try from winger Ryan Shaw, who picked off a pass from Widnes second rower Matt Whitley to break up a dangerous attack and sprint unopposed for the match-winning score.
Thomas Minns had crossed over for the hosts earlier, with Jamie Ellis adding the extras, while Hep Cahill scored Widnes' only try which Lloyd White converted.
Hull KR coach Tim Sheens said: "I didn't realise it was my 700th game. Obviously it's a game that I'll remember, that's for sure. In context, it's as good as anything, it's what you're doing at the time."
He added: "I was employed to get the team back into Super League and we've done it today. I suppose it's one job done. We'll enjoy the moment."
Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "It's hard to take. It is what it is. We couldn't take our chances when we created them.
"I thought we had the better of the game and did enough to win it but you've got to give credit where it's due. They didn't want to give in."