Hull KR boss Tony Smith on Castleford Tigers and his thoughts on their stadium

Hull KR boss Tony Smith will lead his side on Sunday against Castleford Tigers for the first time since last week’s disappointing Challenge Cup semi-final exit to Huddersfield Giants.

That game ended in a 25-4 defeat with Smith frustrated about how his side seemed to panic throughout.

“We’re a little frustrated about how we went about it, we had some hard lessons from that game,” Smith said.

“We were trying too hard to make things happen instead of trying to do the basics.

“We need to get back to doing what we do well – we don’t need to win things in the first ten or 15 minutes – we need to work hard on building that game.

“We’ve done ok against Cas this season, but they are a different opposition on their own patch.

“It’s a bit of a cauldron to go to and their fans are on top of you – it’s different, the pitch is smaller and they are a big pack.

“They are an experienced team with good pros and on any given day they can challenge anybody.

“We need to be ready for all those seasoned campaigners and what they can throw at us.

“They are a tough team, but they are a good team.”

Smith, however, wasn’t prepared to comment about his successor Willie Peters.

“I don’t know Willie so it’s not really my area to comment in.”

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Anthony Grey
Anthony Grey
15 days ago

Tony is a class act.
He has put together a very competitive team who play attractive effective rugby.
I love the way everyone comments on the size of our pitch.
Unfortunately not the cauldron it was.
Wheldon Road may be dog eared but much prefer it to some of the soulless new stadia.
Well l would being a Cas fan.
Willie has not big but smart shoes to fill.