Smith: We need to be ‘better’ versions of ourselves for Giants’ test

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Smith: We need to be ‘better’ versions of ourselves for Giants’ test

Hull KR head coach Tony Smith said that he will be focused on what his side can do rather than dwelling on the last time they met Huddersfield Giants. The Robins were beaten 25-4 by Ian Watson’s men in the Challenge Cup semi-final last month. 

Whilst admitting his side didn’t deserve to win on that occasion, Smith believes KR can give a better account of themselves at Sewell Group Craven Park on Sunday afternoon: “Huddersfield did a job on us in that semi-final. We didn’t deserve to go through on the day, but we won’t dwell on it or feel like we have to watch the full game back or do the opposite to what we did in that game. 

“There has been a lot of focus on us and nothing we can do this week can change the fact we lost the semi-final. I’d like to think that we can give a better version of ourselves on Sunday and ask them some more questions. 

“We’ve been working on our last play options a lot in the last month as a good kick or good final play can make or break a set and the better teams have players who do that very well. Huddersfield are a tough team to beat, they’re very methodical in how they play and don’t lose games easily. 

“They have dangerous players and deserve respect for what they have done so far this season.” 

Smith confirmed that Sam Wood will be in contention to make his return having missed six games due to a dislocated patella. He also stated that KR’s three players who were on international duty last week are fit to play:“Woody is available and is in contention to play. He’s in our 21, but we wont decide on who plays until nearer the game. 

“The three boys who were on international duty are all good to go. We gave them an extra day off and they’ve all returned in really good condition.” 

During the international break, prop forward George King was named as Ireland’s captain heading into this autumn’s World Cup and will lead his nation against New Zealand, Lebanon and tournament debutants Jamaica. 

Smith said the appointment is fully deserved and hopes King can use it to kick on further: “It’s great for George to be named captain, he’s hugely patriotic about Ireland. George sometimes lack confidence, but I’ve known him a long time and knew he would reach the level he is at now and having the captaincy will hopefully help him kick on and he can become even better.”

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