Hull Kingston Rovers coach Tony Smith says he is feeling optimistic about the club’s prospects for the rest of the season after a difficult 2020 so far.

The Robins are 11th in the Betfred Super League table after picking up just one win from their first six matches.

Smith’s side got the season off to a perfect start when they beat Wakefield back in January, but it has been difficult for his squad ever since.

Five straight defeats to rivals Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants, Castleford Tigers and Wigan Warriors (3/1 – Grand Final Outright) have put Smith under pressure.

The former Leeds coach invested heavily in his squad during the off-season but he has still had hurdles to overcome.

In the last 12 months, Mose Masoe has been forced to retire due to injury, while fellow forward Jordan Cox sadly lost his life this year.

The Robins return to training on Monday ahead of the season’s planned restart, with Toronto Wolfpack next up for Smith’s troops (Hull KR 5/6, Draw 20/1, Toronto evens – Match Odds).

Before the season came to a halt, Hull KR had progressed in the Challenge Cup and Smith says his team have plenty to be positive about as they plan to hit the ground running next month.

He told Hull Live: “A few of the staff got together the other day to do a bit of preparation – and kept our social distance while doing so – and it was great to see some of the guys and to get our heads back together.

“We’re just excited about getting back out there on the training field first and foremost and then back on the pitch. It’s exciting.

“We’ve all had a testing year in many respects. We’re going to be optimistic about what happens from here on in.”

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