Tony Smith reiterated his belief that London Broncos going down was the right outcome for Super League after Hull KR stayed up on points difference.
Rovers went down 17-16 in golden point at Salford Red Devils but that result was largely inconsequential as London lost at Wakefield Trinity to drop back down to the Championship.
Smith told Hull Live recently that there would be conjecture “unless one particular team goes down” and he again pointed out the advantage the Broncos had from playing weakened sides.
“Yes we would have liked to have won that game,” he said.
“Effort-wise – terrific. We pushed and probably should have closed the game out against a team that’s come third in the competition.
“It shows big commitment and a lot of effort by a lot of players, but at the same time we did it of our own accord. We didn’t get a team that didn’t put a full strength team out against us this season.
“I said some weeks ago that if someone went down other than the team that benefited from St Helens putting out two weakened teams, I think it would have left a bad taste whether it was us, Huddersfield or Wakefield.
“It would have been a real bad taste in someone’s mouth that you’re able to do that.
“I also want to mention that if Wakefield weren’t in that position there tonight they could have maybe not had their best performance. And that’s wrong that you can actually manipulate who stays in and doesn’t stay in. It’s a dangerous system we have.”
But at the same time Smith acknowledged Hull KR need to get themselves out of the cycle of struggle.
“We’ve got to produce our own – we’ve got some great kids over there,” he said.
“We’re investing in the academy and are going to invest a whole lot of things off the field and get some structures right off the field so we can start to grow this club and get out of that cycle of being in that relegation zone and behind the eight ball at the end of each season, which puts you behind the eight ball when you start the next season.
“We’ve got to stop that cycle and we’ve got plans to do that. If we’d gone down I still would have been excited about the future.”
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