A combination of enthusiasm, aggression and smarts is the key to beating a workmanlike Huddersfield Giants outfit.

That is the view of Hull KR head coach Tony Smith ahead of tonight’s meeting at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Giants have given themselves an outside chance of making the play-offs by winning Luke Robinson’s first two games in charge, with last week’s victory over Castleford Tigers particularly impressive.

Even during their five-match losing run – which included three defeats by a single point – Smith saw the traits that have made Huddersfield a hard team to beat.

“They hadn’t been too far from form anyway,” he told Hull Live.

“They lost a couple of matches by the narrowest of margins.

“They’re a pretty solid side and a hard-working team. If you’re going to get a result on them, you’ve got to outwork them. We’ve got to do that this week.

“They’ve got some good, solid players who work really hard for one another.

“I don’t think they’re a flashy team by any means but they’re a hard-working team and if you want to stand a chance against them you need to work hard, or harder if you’re going to get the points off them.

“That’s what we’ve got to do this week, hopefully combined with some smarts.

“We need to match them in terms of energy, if not out-enthuse them. We’ll be looking for signs of that from our team – to be energetic and aggressive.

“If we get that sort of performance, we stand a chance.”

Rovers lacked energy in their most recent outings against Leeds Rhinos and paid the price.

Ash Handley of Leeds Rhinos goes over for a try against Hull KR
Ash Handley of Leeds Rhinos goes over for a try against Hull KR

Smith’s side conceded 89 points in those two defeats, halting their momentum after making encouraging strides since the restart.

The Robins are in danger of ending the season with the wooden spoon, with only points difference keeping them off the bottom of the table.

Smith has called on his team to come out firing at the John Smith’s Stadium as they aim for only their third win of the Super League campaign.

“We don’t want to finish at the foot of the table and do want to get further up the table,” he said.

“We’re trying to take all the steps to make that happen. Hopefully that will result in a big performance this week.

“The last couple of performances haven’t been very good by the standards we’ve set ourselves.

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“We were a bit flat so need to get back to the energised performances that we had prior to those two games against Leeds.

“If we do that, it gives us a chance to move away from the bottom of the table and win games like Wednesday night.

“Hard work will get us there and a bit of smarts.”