Hodgson ready to hand reins back to Smith

Hull KR assistant coach David Hodgson will hand control of his side back to his head coach Tony Smith this week, after Smith’s two-week period of isolation after being exposed to the coronavirus.

The Robins are scheduled to face Warrington Wolves at Headingley on Thursday night, which could be the last game of their season if Super League brings the play-offs forward at their meeting this week.

The Robins have failed to win any games under Hodgson’s guidance, going down 38-24 against Castleford, 48-18 against Wakefield Trinity and 31-16 against Hull FC.

Despite the poor results, which has seen Rovers occupying bottom place in Super League, Hodgson admits he has enjoyed his brief time in charge of the team.

“It’s been different but enjoyable,” he said after Friday’s defeat to Hull FC.

“It’s a lot different going upstairs, you get a different view of things.

“The games haven’t gone our way but it’s been enjoyable. It’s been tough with the scorelines but it’s not through a lack of effort.

“The players are working hard and work hard every day they come in. It’s been tough for them to get on to the pitch. They’ve been holding their hand up each week with these quick turnarounds we’ve been getting.

“But it’s been enjoyable for me personally.”

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