Tony Smith: We must raise our game to beat Salford
Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Tony Smith says his team do not need to be made aware of the ramifications ahead of Friday’s crucial match against Salford Red Devils.
The Robins know victory at the AJ Bell Stadium will guarantee Super League football in the 2020 campaign but defeat to Ian Watson’s side (7.45pm kick-off) will mean KR are relying on other results to go their way.
Speaking to KRTV, Smith said: “There’s a good mood in the camp. We’re obviously hurting from the result last weekend (a 16-20 home loss to London Broncos), where we let the game slip in the last moments despite fighting hard to regain the lead.
“Over the weekend, it was tough for all of us to go through but sometimes the hardest lessons teach you the best of lessons.
“Everybody’s bouncing, they’re energetic, but we all understand the ramifications of a good result and also a not-so-good one. That’s enough for us to get out there and do our best.”
On opponents Salford, who have won their last seven Super League encounters, Smith added: “Salford are a consistent and solid rugby team. That’s where every team wants to be, putting out performances like that at this time of year.
“For us, they’re also a team that give you a chance if you’re capable of putting things together, they’re not unbeatable as we’ve shown twice this year. We’ve done well against teams above us this year so we need to do that again this week.”