Tony Smith: We know importance of London game
Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Tony Smith says his team are acutely aware of what is at stake against London Broncos – but says it’s the processes that will dictate the outcome.
Victory for the Robins on Friday at KCOM Craven Park will guarantee Super League rugby in 2020 however Smith, whilst accepting the importance of a win, is preparing his team just like any other game.
Speaking to KRTV, Smith said: “We understand the importance of the outcome – nobody is going to shy away from that – but it’s the processes that matter. The team that handles the pressure and the circumstances of the match the best will come out on top and that’s our only focus.
“A positive scoreboard affects us but if it doesn’t, then we’re still fighting to the final week. We want to secure our future as early and as best that we can and hopefully that is Friday.
“London play their pitch well and play a style that suits them – hopefully we can combat that and we give them some trouble with our style on our own pitch.”
Smith has recalled Craig Hall, Mitch Garbutt and Matt Parcell to the 19-man squad and touched on the latter’s recovery from a shoulder scare.
“It’s great to have the experience and wealth of knowledge and capabilities of Craig Hall, Mitch Garbutt and Matt Parcell back, to already add to the squad of last week.
“Matt’s rehabbed really well, he’s a professional, he does all the right things to get himself fit and healthy. The staff that have worked with him have really helped too and given him every chance to get back.
“The players have all worked hard on and off the field to get in the right condition at this stage in the season.”