After a long couple of months, it now feels as if the new Super League season is just around the corner.

Hull KR will begin their campaign against Catalans Dragons but before then they will meet Castleford Tigers in a pre-season friendly.

Here, Hull Live picks out five things for fans to look out for in the March 14 trial game.

Combinations

Tony Smith is not short of options across the park after adding quality and versatility to his squad during the off-season.

His biggest decisions appear to be who to play in the halves, centres and the back row.

Smith is likely to experiment throughout the game against Castleford but the team he selects from the start will give a clue about his thinking for 2021.

Style

The Rovers head coach has always encouraged his teams to express themselves but KR were particularly expansive last year after relegation was scrapped.

While there is no chance of KR playing the percentages under Smith, it will be interesting to see whether they persist with such a high-risk approach.

The Castleford match should give a strong indication, just as the clash with Warrington Wolves last August showed how Smith’s side were going to approach the second half of the 2020 season.

Has the penny dropped defensively?

Defence has been the focus for the Robins during pre-season, and it had to be after conceding more points than any other side last year.

Defences are usually on top in pre-season friendlies with teams fresh and enthusiastic after a long break.

So while it would be good to limit Castleford’s tryscoring opportunities, of more importance will be how they do it in terms of systems.

Greg Burke of Salford Red Devils is wrapped up by the Hull KR's defence
Greg Burke of Salford Red Devils is wrapped up by the Hull KR's defence

Captaincy

It will become clear who will lead KR in 2021 when Smith names his team for the Tigers clash, if he hasn’t revealed his choice before then.

Smith went for co-captains last year after doing something similar during his time with Warrington Wolves.

It remains to be seen whether he does the same this year, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Korbin Sims seemingly among the frontrunners.

Goalkicker

Rovers have been without a regular goalkicker since Ryan Shaw moved on at the end of 2019, with several players taking the tee last season.

Smith has told his players there could be a route into his team for anybody who can prove their worth, which is good news for the likes of Will Dagger and Joe Keyes.

At this point, though, it could be anybody, with Smith likely to keep everybody guessing until KR go for goal for the first time in 2021.