Smith praises Robins patience in Salford Win

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Smith praises Robins patience in Salford Win

Robins’ head coach Tony Smith praised his side’s performance which saw them return to winning ways on Sunday. KR snapped a four-match losing streak to comfortably overcome Salford Red Devils 43-16 at Sewell Group Craven Park to return to the Betfred Super League top six. 

KR ran in seven tries courtesy of braces from Lachlan Coote, Ryan Hall and Ben Crooks, as well as one from Ethan Ryan on a cold and wet afternoon. 

Smith said: “We were good today, we had a real energy about us. I thought we were solid, not spectacular, with our defence being particularly strong. Our attack was ok, we were patient and built good field position. 

“Salford are a good attacking team and I was a bit nervy coming into the game, but they were a bit off, partly down to pressure from us. We gifted them two tries, whilst the other was from a neat kick behind the line, so it’s not like they overpowered us, which has been an issue recently. 

“Overall, we did a much better job.” 

Smith was quick to play down the significance of the win but was pleased to give the fans something to cheer about. He said: “All wins are big wins. 

“We could have easily lost today, but I supposes when you’re lacking confidence and form like we were, a win is maybe more important. The break last week definitely helped energise us. There was a spring in the players’ step in training this week. 

“We’re in an ok position at the halfway stage of the season, but if we can pick it up further we can kick on.”

Smith added: “I’ve been coming her for 22 years and one thing I’ve always noted is how the supporters get behind the team, through thick and thin. That’s what makes them stand out from other clubs and I’m glad we gave them something to cheer today and could send them home with a smile on their face.” 

The Robins welcomed back star men Matt Parcell and Mikey Lewis to the starting line-up against the Red Devils. On their performances, the head coach said: “Matty was really good today. 

“He got in behind them early. Mikey was mixed in attack, he will find his feet soon enough, his passing was a bit rusty today. I thought defensively he was very good, the whole right side was with him alongside Crooksie, Ethan and Jonno.” 

Smith also reserved praise for captain Shaun Kenny-Dowall, second-rower Frankie Halton and full-back Coote, who had a personal points haul of 23 points: “Lachlan was very good today, He’s not the biggest or the fastest, but he’s instinctive and reads the play very well and always puts himself in the right position. 

“You look at his first try, he’s kicked for himself and then jumped above a player bigger than him, but that’s the type of player he is. He rubs off on us with his energy and competitiveness. The kicking game with him, Rowan and Mikey had a big bearing on us today. 

“The other two I want to mention today are Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Frankie Halton. Shaun has been in top form for us recently, even when we haven’t in the last month. He was terrific again today. 

“The same with Frankie. He puts his hand up for those early carries, puts big tackles in and then carries again two plays later. He’s a good honest rugby league player who is going to get better and better.” 

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