Modest Hull KR coach Tony Smith allows himself a celebration after winning 500th Super League match

Tony Smith hailed Hull KR’s ‘great character’ after they came from behind to beat Toulouse 28-24 in his 500th Super League game as a coach.

Landmark win: Happy Hull KR coach Tony Smith after the win over Toulouse. Picture by Manuel Blondeau/SWpix.com
Landmark win: Happy Hull KR coach Tony Smith after the win over Toulouse. Picture by Manuel Blondeau/SWpix.com

Rovers were behind 18-4 until four second-half tries saved the day, sealing a perfect Easter weekend following Good Friday’s derby win and allowing Smith a moment to savour his milestone.

“I’m not really into celebrating milestones but it’s not a bad way to mark my 500th game,” said a jubilant Smith, who has also coached Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves and England.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

“The players showed great character, even though they were clearly fatigued from what was a very tough derby against Hull.

On the scoresheet: Hull KR's Jordan Abdull scored a try as his side came from behind to defeat Toulouse. Picture: Manuel Blondeau/SWpix.com

“But they overcame that and they believed in themselves, maybe even more than I did.

“It wasn’t a high-quality game but that isn’t down to the players, or Toulouse, it’s simply down to the scheduling of fixtures.”

Toulouse led 12-4 at the break, Ryan Hall with the Robins’ try and extended it to 16-4 through Paul Marcon, before Hall got his second, improved by Will Dagger.

Five minutes later, George King barged his way between the posts for a simple try and Jordan Abdull then collected a fumble on the wing by Marcon and scooted inside to score.

Matt Scorton’s converted try won it for Robins before Marcon replied with a score converted by Chris Hankinson, who like Dagger kicked four goals.

Toulouse: Ashall-Bott, Marcon, Hankinson, Vaivai, Bergal, Gigot, Albert, Puech, Dixon, Stefani, Sangare, Marion, Navarrete. Replacements: Pelissier, Springer, Garbutt, Hansen.

Hull K R: Dagger, Ryan, Crooks, Kenny-Dowall, Hall, Milnes, Abdull, Storton, Litten, King, Hadley, Wood, Minchella. Replacements: Parcell, Sims, Keinhorst, Richards.

Referee: Aaron Moore (RFL).