Hull FC’s road to Wembley ended yesterday as they lost to St Helens.
They were well in the game at 12-all at the break against the Super League and World Champions.
However, as the teams headed in for the halftime break, Josh Griffin was sent off for something he said to referee Chris Kendall.
This led to a 32-18 win for St Helens.
Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside, Smith explained how Griffin reacted to the red card:
“Josh is pretty shattered in there. He’s seen some of the consequences of what his team mates have had to go through and that would have been hard for him.
“We have rules in place and our game is about discipline and there are ways you can question referees and ways you can’t.
“So if he’s done something wrong then he’s got to pay the price for it and so do we.
“I’m disappointed with the result but not in terms of effort. I thought we had a real crack at them and were on top of them at times.
“It was an entertaining game but I don’t think we played the smartest game. We didn’t exploit some things we needed to.
“Aside from the sending off, I thought we lacked discipline. Some of the six agains we conceded, you just can’t afford to have against a team like St Helens.
“We gave them a couple of legs up which ultimately cost us.
“But right up until the end I thought we matched them in terms of energy.”