Half-back Jordan Abdull says Hull KR are approaching Thursday’s Betfred Super League play-off semi-final against Catalans Dragons with plenty of confidence (Catalans 1/4, Hull KR 10/3, Tie 22/1 – Match winner 80 mins).

KR have made a mockery of plenty of pre-season predictions as they find themselves just a game away from contesting the Betfred Super League Grand Final.

After finishing last season bottom of the table, Hull KR have recovered superbly, guided by experienced head coach Tony Smith. Following the 19-0 win over Warrington Wolves last week, Catalans now block their path to Old Trafford.

The Perpignan outfit finished top of the regular season table this year and are favourites to progress to the final, where either Leeds Rhinos or St Helens will lie in wait, but Abdull rejects his side’s underdog tag.

He told the Hull Daily Mail: “This is the biggest game of my career, but there’s no reason to be worried; it should just be excitement.

“Confidence should be oozing out of us.”

The 25-year-old has been an essential member of Smith’s squad throughout the 2021 campaign, and he admits the former Huddersfield, Leeds and Warrington boss has been able to get the best out of him in recent years.

Abdull added: “When I first came onto the scene, I used to worry about everything, and it didn’t get me anywhere. Tony is good at stripping it all back. He reassures you that you know what to do.

“We’ve got a game plan, but your instincts take over when you’re playing. One message he says to us, which is a cliche but is so true, is that if you come off the field and know you’ve given everything, and can look at the people in the room and tell them you’ve given everything and believe it, the more people you can get saying that the better your result is going to be.”

Hull KR are 10/1 to go on and be crowned Betfred Super League champions; St Helens are 4/6, Catalans are 11/4, and Leeds are 6/1.

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