Hull KR boss Tony Smith confident Super League will see out the season

Players at Hull FC, Catalans Dragons and Wakefield have all tested positive for Covid-19 and five league and cup fixtures have so far been postponed, including Friday’s clash between Wakefield and Leeds.

Rovers’ players have so far avoided the virus and their game against Super League leaders Wigan at Headingley goes ahead as planned on Friday but Smith is bracing himself for an impact.

Smith said: “We’ve been fortunate not to have any positive tests but it’s inevitable that we will if it’s still out there.

“I think it would be naive for us to think it’s not going to raise its head in each team at some stage.

“We’re doing everything we can to help prevent it but we’re not able to form a total bubble. Rugby league doesn’t allow for that in this country.

“It’s inevitable that it’s going to affect us while ever it is in society. In the meantime, we’ve just got to get on with it.”

Smith says it is crucial for the finances of the game that the clubs are able to fulfil their contractual obligations to television broadcasters Sky by seeing out the season.

Smith added: “I am confident we will. I’m optimistic that we’re going to have enough teams fit and healthy each week to fulfil our programme.

“I hope so because I know the financial consequences if we’re unable to do so.”

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