Monday 6 January
Mose Masoe says that people’s tendencies to look down on Hull KR are spurring him on prove doubters wrong in 2020, with many tipping the Robins to finish last in Super League. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “That’s my motivation. I think a lot of teams look down at Hull KR. We know what we can do but we’ve just got to produce it week in, week out. With the squad and the talent we’ve got now, I think we can do that. A lot of people are writing us off and I love it.”
Wigan’s Zak Hardaker has tipped Wakefield as potential dark horses for the 2020 Super League season after outlining the quality of their line up when fully fit. “When I looked at the squads, one that popped out to me was Wakefield. If you look at their starting 17 it’s potentially a top five team. I even read down to about their 25th or 26th man and they were all first-team players at some point last year,” he said to Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson.
Super League champions St Helens held a successful open training session over the weekend which was popularly attended by their fans at Ruskin Drive prior to the club’s warm weather training camp in Tenerife this week. St Helens Star’s Mike Critchley also reported that “Tommy Makinson and Morgan Knowles, who underwent shoulder surgery in the off-season, trained but did not take part in any contact work.”
Tony Smith insists he is not overly concerned about the result, more so of the performance and chemistry of his new look side as they prepare to take on Wakefield in their first pre-season friendly this weekend. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “It’ll be looking at people’s form and combinations and how individuals are shaping up and how their fitness levels look, as well as their techniques and the things we’ve been trying to improve on. They’re the important things you look for in the friendlies, particularly those combinations.”