Tony Smith provides injury latest and reflects on Wakefield friendly loss
Hull Kingston Rovers fell to an 18-6 friendly defeat at Wakefield Trinity, but nonetheless produced an encouraging display.
Rovers lost two key figures in Mose Masoe and Weller Hauraki to neck and ankle injuries early in each half respectively, and with a handful of debutants and new combinations, it was always going to be a war of attrition at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Ethan Ryan crossed for Rovers’ only score of the game, converted by Ryan Brierley, but Wakefield secured the victory thanks to tries from Ryan Hampshire, Tom Johnstone and Kyle Wood, all converted by testimonial man Danny Brough.
After the game, head coach Tony Smith told KRTV: “They have taken Mose to the hospital so he was handled by the right people. We will update people when we have more information.
“We got a lot out of the game, some aspects we did well and some we will need to brush up on.
“We were a bit clunky, but did better in the second half, throwing more at them in offence. Defensively we were sound apart from a couple of tries from kicks.
“Wakefield did not go through us, they had to work for them. We have room for improvement but we have to take into account it is their first game together for a lot of these players. We will get better.”