Tony Smith: Errors proved costly but effort was great against Wigan

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Tony Smith: Errors proved costly but effort was great against Wigan

Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Tony Smith rued his side’s error count in the 36-18 defeat at Wigan Warriors.

The Robins went into the sheds at half-time drawing with their hosts at 12 apiece but crucial mistakes handed the reigning champions the two points.

“Our effort was good, I can’t fault it but there were far too many errors that cost us. Those gave Wigan the impetus to score tries at the end,” Smith told KRTV.

“We have to learn lessons and we usually do. We were very competitive – but a couple of less errors at crucial times and we may have come away with something else.

Discussing individual players including debutant Mikey Lewis and Dean Hadley, Smith added: “Mikey had a mixed bag. He missed a couple of tackles but paid us back with a couple of assists.

“He can be proud of his efforts and he showed glimpses of what he’s going to bring. It was a big ask for him but he went out there and did a solid job.

“Dean was a machine, both in attack and defence. He gets tired but he keeps on going and I think a lot of our players can admire him and take some things out of his book. He was terrific.”

George Lawler (shoulder), Craig Hall (ankle), Kane Linnett (calf), Mitch Garbutt (knee) and Danny McGuire could all return for next Sunday’s clash against Wakefield Trinity at KCOM Craven Park.

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