Hull KR lost to the same opponents just six days on from their Challenge Cup exit.
Leeds Rhinos were once again just too good and got the Red and Whites in terms of quality, accuracy and how clinical they were when the opportunity arose to them last Thursday afternoon.
Once again you couldn’t - and it seems most weeks ever - point to a lack of effort from the players of Hull KR. Whichever 17 players are picked give everything they have, it’s just simply not good enough against quality opposition as was the case again against the Rhinos.
Tony Smith is chopping and changing his team selection, handing debuts to young players, Will Tate the latest player given the nod last week. Players carrying injuries left out, others rested, suspensions and whatever other Covid-19 restrictions are putting pressure on everyone at the club. Tough times for all.
The difference in quality shows. Effort and enthusiasm will take a player and team so far, but ultimately you get what you pay for in terms of the best players coming up with the killer plays.
The best teams have those players, the likes of Luke Gale, Richie Myler, Matt Prior and Rhyse Martin showed their class and got the job done against Hull KR.
Behind the scenes Hull KR will be looking to add quality as well as improve the players they have to work with in terms of quality on the field. It goes without saying.
There were some standout performances last week. Shaun Kenny-Dowall again showed why he’s played top level rugby league all of his career. As a winger, the position he’s played the majority of his career, he was outstanding – positionally perfect, a threat with ball in hand, what an engine and what a player.
He’s a lesson to all outside backs at Hull KR, to watch and study his performance and what it takes as a minimum standard on game days as a winger.
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Will Tate was fantastic. At just 18 his positives far outweighed his negatives in the game. Physically he was able to handle the Super League. He carried well and will learn a great deal from his video review. He looks a player for the future, as well as now mind you.
Next up the Huddersfield Giants who are on a good run of form. The Red and Whites will have to be very good to beat the Giants, but I believe they’ll be at a good level in performance as always so you just never know.