Hull KR praised for digging in for victory against Castleford Tigers

TONY SMITH hailed the fighting spirit of his Hull KR side after Jordan Abdull’s stoppage-time try gave the visitors a shock 26-22 Super League win over Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Fighting spirit: Tony Smith.

Smith conceded his side’s first-half display was far from satisfactory but the Robins barged back from an early 14-point deficit to claim a victory which spoiled the party for over 3,500 returning home fans.

Smith said: “I thought they dominated us physically in the first half – they were just way too quick for us and we gave away too many penalties.

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“So we weren’t on the front foot but,, having said that, we still felt confident of bringing it home and I thought we were very good in the second half.

“We certainly need to improve in a few areas –some of our defending wasn’t good enough again but it doesn’t mean we roll over and get our belly scratched – we dig in and we keep on fighting.”

Smith singled out match-winner Abdull, who finished with a personal 10-point haul after converting his winning try, adding: “I thought Jordan was outstanding.

“He was a huge influence on the match all the way through. I had no doubts in the those last few minutes that we could win the match because I could just see the determination in him to go and get the job done.”

Castleford coach Daryl Powell warned drastic improvements are needed they are to recapture their promising early-season form.