We want revenge after Wigan drop-goal heartbreak says Tony Smith
Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Tony Smith says his side are keen to exact revenge on Wigan Warriors on Friday following a narrow home loss last month.
Sam Powell’s 40m drop-goal broke Rovers’ hearts at KCOM Craven Park in a 19-18 reverse, and the Robins head to the DW Stadium in search of valuable Betfred Super League points.
“The games certainly all count at the moment. We’re looking forward to it for all sorts of reasons. It’s always a challenge to go there and a challenge to get the points too. You can’t be anything else but excited about the opportunity,” Smith told KRTV.
“Having not played them so long ago and them taking the points away from our home by one point from a 40-metre field goal is still a little bit close in the memory bank. We look forward to maybe paying a bit of revenge on them if we can.
“I’d like to think that we’re asking a few more questions. I’m seeing some improvements in our defence and I’ve seen a desire to buy in for each other. They’re working hard on some areas that they identified that they needed to improve on and ones I challenged them on. We’re far from satisfied with all of it but at the same time we’re seeing some progress.”
Smith could rest George Lawler for Friday’s game against the Warriors, with a number of players now vying for a place in the team.
“There won’t be many changes – maybe George will have a break,” Smith added. “We’re making sure he’s OK and we’re not hitting a fatigue area of this year.
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“He hasn’t had many breaks – he’s played a lot of rugby and he’s a young man. We may just take care of him and give him a break before he breaks and that is important.
“Robbie Mulhern missed out last week so I have some choices and we can take care of players before we push them to breaking point.”