Smith Full Of Defensive Pride

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Smith Full Of Defensive Pride

Tony Smith is beaming with pride after his sides convincing victory over the Red Devils last week, executing the defensive game plan to near perfection.

Conceding only one try through the entire 80 minutes, Smith says his side’s defensive performance was one of the best of the season.

Giving high praise to Assistant Coach, Stanley Gene for his efforts through the week to reinforce the sides protective line, Smith’s side claimed their fifth victory of the season to maintain sixth place in the table.

“I’m really proud of the way the players went about the whole game, but our defence in particular. We have been fairly self-critical of our D. So to only concede a try from a kick was good,” said Smith.

“We forced them into the idea that it was the only way that they were going to score. I thought our defence was good right from the word go. We have put a big focus on it during the 12 day turnaround.

“It’s down to the coaching staff, and I’d like to make a special mention to Stanley Gene because he has really pushed our boys in aspects that have helped us enormously. They all need recognition but Stanley in particular.”

Firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball, the Robins made easy work of the Red Devils as they put up 40 points for the second successive game.

“I think we have been pretty good at scoring points anyway. But in no way were Salford easy to score points against. Their structure was really good defensively and we had to wear them down.

“We talked about the fact we won’t be able to break them down are strip them down to numbers, we knew that we were going to have to go through them at some stage.

“They all worked for each other both in offence and attack, that’s what we are after. I thought that across the board we were consistent in our energy and effort levels. Our efforts by each player were pretty high, which makes you a pretty strong team when you are all contributing to cover up for a mistake here or there.

“I like the fact that also when we went to a man down we didn’t concede. We also lost Dean Hadley and the stoppage prior we took off George Lawler for a HIA. That brought us down to an interchange bench of two for the remainder of the game, and very early on.”

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