Smith believes KR have plenty of fight despite Wigan defeat

New Hull KR Head Coach Tony Smith believes his players have plenty of fight after seeing them just miss out on a maiden victory under their new coach against Wigan.

A late field goal from Sam Powell proved to be the difference but Smith was quick to see the positives from the game.

“These players have got plenty of fight, and I’m ready to fight with them,” Smith said.

“Sticking by them, right through the year, makes a huge difference.

“I hope everyone gets behind them for the next few months. There’ll be all sorts of twists and turns that will go on. People get anxious as it gets closer to the end of the season but this is where the teams that pull together come through that period strongly. I’m confident that is going to happen for us.

“It could’ve gone either way, that’s for sure, and it took a 40-45m field goal to split the two teams. I thought we were unlucky with a disallowed try. If we had a video referee I think we may have got the nod on that one but it’s fine-line stuff.

“I’m disappointed for the players – they put in a great effort. We had a pretty disruptive week as a club, major changes and that can affect their emotions but also cause anxiety too. The boys really rolled their sleeves up and had a dig.

Meanwhile, Smith was able to provide an update on Kane Linnett who was stretchered from the field and taken to hospital.

“We believe Kane is OK – the doctor went with him to hospital as a precaution. Everything is functioning but we just want that to be ticked off.”