Tony Smith was pleased with the way his side handled Hull FC’s imposing forward pack, despite slipping to defeat in last night’s derby at the KCom Stadium.

The Robins were in the arm wrestle for the majority of the contest before late tries from the hosts settled matters.

The Hull KR boss says that Jamie Ellis’ penalty attempt that hit the post was a key turning point in the game, as moments later the Black and Whites were over for a try.

Smith told the post-match press conference: “I think we handled them most of the time.

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“They came home with a couple of strong tries, but I think the big moment for us was probably the penalty that hit the post

“Instead of going six up we go down the other end and concede a try on that next set.

“That’s not having a go at Jamie as kicker. It’s important to kick those ones but it’s also important for the team to defend it if you don’t kick them.

“It was a big turnaround. Instead of going six up we go down the other end and go down by two. It’s a huge turnaround.

“They still may have come home with a couple of strong tries but psychologically it turns the game a whole lot from where it was.

“We’ve got to learn lessons and how to cope when something like that happens, and we will.

“That’s what these boys are really good at. They take things on board, research themselves and opposition players, are hungry for information and experience. They’re getting all that and will get better as we go.”