Danny Brough’s late drop-goal secured Huddersfield Giants’ Super League survival and condemned Hull KR to the Million Pound Game to stay up.
Giants led 22-4 at the break after Ryan Brierley crossed twice and Leroy Cudjoe and Aaron Murphy also scored, after Maurice Blair’s 16th-minute Rovers try.
The hosts fought back through Ken Sio, Mitch Allgood and Iain Thornley after the break to draw level at 22-22.
But Brough’s drop-goal edged Giants back in front with six minutes to play.
Terry Campese hit the post with a late drop-goal attempt, as Rovers tried to draw level, knowing a draw would have been enough to secure their own survival.
The hosts then crossed for what would have been a dramatic late try but, following a video referral, Campese was adjudged to have pushed a Giants player.
Giants – who won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2013 – can look forward to another season in Super League, while Rovers’ 10-season stay in the top flight remains under threat.
Hull KR will play either Salford Red Devils or London Broncos in the Million Pound Game on Saturday, 1 October at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Hull KR: Cockayne, Sio, Minns, Thornley, Mantellato, Campese, Marsh, Tilse, Lunt, Allgood, Blair, Clarkson, Donaldson.
Replacements: Greenwood, Walker, Peacock, Jubb.
Huddersfield: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Connor, Murphy, Brough, Brierley, Huby, Hinchcliffe, Ta’ai, Symonds, Wardle, Lawrence.
Replacements: Wood, Mason, Roberts, Ikahihifo.
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37419770