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Tony Smith content with losing Ryan Hall

Tony Smith has admitted that although Ryan Hall has been included in Hull KR’s 21-man squad, he may not play in Rovers’ semi-final play-off against Catalans Dragons.

Hall suffered a torn deltoid in KR’s win over Castleford Tigers earlier this month, but Smith, despite originally saying Hall would be out for the season, has brought back in the experienced winger.

The former Leeds winger has been one of the most potent attacking threats in Super League this year, scoring 15 tries and averaging 136 metres per game.

Smith, however, knows it will be a serious risk to include him, as well as a number of other stars.

“We will be running an eye over Korbin Sims, George Lawler, Albert Vete, Hall and Ethan Ryan,” Smith said.

“Ryan Hall is fit in terms of his fitness but in terms of his arm, he has got a tear in his bicep.

“They tell me he can’t do any more damage to it but it’s just whether he can function with it or not.

“We may risk it but we will be alright if he’s not in as we saw last week.”

Smith gave an in-depth assessment of both Vete, Lawler and Sims.

“Vete has had a tight calf for the last couple of weeks so it just depends how well he is functioning and George Lawler has only just got his own arm out of a pot last week.

“It’s pain management for him, because when you’ve been in a pot for a while it seizes up.

“Korbin Sims has had an Achilles issue which he has had for the last few weeks and then we’ve got to see how he functions tomorrow.”

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