One could have forgiven Hull KR boss Tony Smith to have been solemn following his side’s excruciating 33-32 loss to Castleford in Golden Point.
But, though reflective on what might have been, Smith praised his players greatly.
“There was tonnes of progress for us especially in defence. We dominated in defence for big periods of that game and so that was outstanding,” Smith said.
“Some of our control with the ball was also outstanding in some parts, but I thought we should have won – we had extra time and people were out on their feet.
“I can’t criticise them for their efforts – there were times during that match when we were in control and times when we weren’t, but the efforts from both teams was enormous.”
Smith is, however, keen for his side to learn from the narrow defeat.
“It was dramatic and long, but I’m disappointed because the team are getting into positions to win games.
“We need to learn from being in that position and move forward.”