Ruddy’s Review: New coach, late heartbreak, optimism ahead?

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Ruddy’s Review: New coach, late heartbreak, optimism ahead?

Hull Kingston Rovers’ stadium announcer and lifelong supporter Neil Rudd reviews the 19-18 Super League defeat to Wigan Warriors in the latest ‘Ruddy’s Review’ column.

New coach, renewed desire

It’s never a dull week, being a Hull KR supporter. But the term ‘rollercoaster’ is an understatement. Firstly we were all sad to see Tim Sheens leave his role as head coach in midweek. Tim did a lot for this club including winning promotion in his first year and kept us in the top-flight last year. But results haven’t been good enough and unfortunately, the club made the decision.

In comes Tony Smith on Thursday evening, with the best part of 48 hours to prepare the Robins for the visit of reigning Super League champions Wigan Warriors.

I think the boost that naturally comes from a new head coach was visible on Sunday and whilst we didn’t come away with the result, it was almightily close.

Late winner heartbreak

Sam Powell’s drop-goal has to be applauded but in truth, it was a sickening way to lose a game. Fair play to Wigan, they took their chance from over 40m out and we couldn’t find a way to draw the match in the final minute, but we had chances to steal the much-needed league points and failed to do so.

There were a couple of controversial calls but regardless of those decisions, I feel we wasted an opportunity to beat one of the league’s big guns and claim those vital points to climb the ladder.

Optimism for final dozen?

All things considered, I’m feeling optimistic for the last 12 games upon us. Simply put, wins, no matter the performance, have to be secured and I believe Tony coming in will see an upturn in results.

His new philosophies, tactics, team selections etc keep every member of the squad on their toes and will surely bring the best out of everyone.

Roll on Saturday’s visit of Warrington Wolves – will we see an upset as Smith takes on his former side?

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