Smith thrilled with Rovers resilience

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Smith thrilled with Rovers resilience

Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Tony Smith has credited to his players for showing composure by the bucket load in Sunday’s golden point extra-time win over Castleford.

Coming back from 26-14 behind at one stage to emerge 27-26 victors, Rovers had Ben Crooks’ brace of tries to thank as well as Danny McGuire’s crucial drop goal after the final hooter had sounded.

“(Golden point was) a new experience. I had (assistant coach) James Webster talking me through it and the players were well versed,” Smith told KRTV.

“The coaches were well prepared, as were the players in that respect. They knew what was coming so they went about it in a winning fashion.

“A missed penalty goal for them was crucial. We gave away that penalty that could have cost us the game.

“We certainly weren’t disciplined, we gave away way too many penalties. When we turned our focus to what was important, playing rugby league, I thought we did that a whole lot better in the second half. We came back in from a position that wasn’t great.

“There was some great stuff in amongst it, I love it when the players have a crack and they did, they worked hard and got what they deserved. Some of it was planned and some of it wasn’t planned.

“I think that they have always given their best since I have been here, but some days it just comes off better and sometimes it’s just the right timing.”

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