Tony Smith was full of praise for Hull KR (7/1 Grand Final Winner) after they sealed a 19-0 victory over Warrington Wolves on Friday to set up a playoff semi-final with Catalans Dragons (5/2 Grand Final Winner).

After sneaking into the season-ending playoffs in sixth place, KR made full use of their opportunity to see off Warrington, who finished third in the regular season.

A trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium looked a difficult prospect on paper, having lost on each of their last two visits, however, Smith’s men put in a stunning performance.

Just a year after finishing bottom of the Betfred Super League standings, the Robins are just two victories away from Grand Final glory.

Jordan Abdull’s late first-half try handed KR a lead at the break and they pressed on further in the second period with further scores from Mickey Lewis and Jimmy Keinhorst.

“It’s fantastic,” Smith said. “We’ve been trying to break into that. It’s enormous for our club. Probably not many people gave us much of a chance.

“I’m really pleased for the owner [Neil Hudgell] – it’s been a long time between drinks. I like the attitude of my guys, they pulled together for each other.

“We had a great build-up despite being flat last week and to come here and find enough energy to win the game makes me really proud.”

Next up is a trip to Perpignan on Thursday when they go up against League Leaders’ Shield winners Catalans Dragons.

KR have lost their last four meetings with Catalans and they have only managed to pick up one victory in their last eight visits.

Last season’s Grand Final winners St Helens (4/5 Grand Final Winner) play host to Leeds Rhinos (6/1) in the other semi-final on Friday.

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