Smith pleased with Saints performance but rues missed chances

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Smith pleased with Saints performance but rues missed chances

Tony Smith was encouraged by his side’s spirited display against the champions, following their 26-18 loss to Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

While Smith was left with positives from the performance, he highlighted KR’s lack of control in comparison to last week: “We wasn’t better than last week. We was more controlled last week. In terms of effort, I’m pleased. We came here to challenge and we did in a lot of respects we challenged.

“We would have liked to have been a bit more competitive in some areas. The last plays weren’t great for us today, just lacking in control. A few errors early in the tackle count hurt us. We let them off the hook at times

“I thought we troubled them at times and did some good things. We just didn’t quite get our half chances across the line today. You’ve got to execute those or Saints will make you pay.

“They were good today, Saints. They’re dangerous – a good attacking team and a good defensive team. 

We’re not dispirited or downhearted about the result today. The efforts we put in were very encouraging.

“We need to be better in defence and bit more disciplined. I thought our defence got stronger as the game went on. We was a bit soft early on. The first few times they got into our areas they scored a few tries.

“There were some pleasing aspects as well as some things we’ve got to build on.”

George King went off late in the first half with a head knock and a split above his eye, Smith confirmed the Ireland International came through the rest of the game unscathed:” George King is fine and passed his HIA. He’s just had a few stitches, George will be right for the next game.

However, back-rower Luis Johnson looks to miss significant time on the pitch with a suspected torn perctoral muscle after going down in a tackle five minutes into the second half:

“Luis is not good news. We think he’s torn his pectoral, we need to get it scanned. Gutted for Luis as he’s not long back.”

Before Sunday’s game, the Robins lined up alongside St. Helens to welcome James Roby with a guard of honour on his record-breaking, 455th Super League appearance. Smith applauded the Saints’ skippers’ quality and longevity in the game:

“He’s champion (Roby). He’s a pleasure to watch and I’ve always loved watching him. I had a brief time with him as part of England set up and he was a pleasure to coach. 

“Roby’s a freak of rugby league, he just looks like he could keep going for a whole lot longer. He’s been a champion, he’s fit as a fiddle and does all the little things well. He’a a true competitor

“I gave up doing this years ago, when you face a good player you run a heap of plays at him to tire him out. it’s just crazy when you do it to Robes as you do all that to him and he just hurts you on the field anyways. He just has those last-all-day batteries.

“He deserves all the accolades he gets. This new record on Super League appearances will take some beating too. And if anyone does, I hope they’re as good a person as James Roby.”

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