Tony Smith insists there is no magic formula for beating Catalans Dragons at Stade Gilbert Brutus as Hull KR prepare for an in-and-out mission.
With options limited, the Robins will travel to Perpignan and back on the day of the game on Friday.
Rovers enjoyed an extended stay in the south of France in August 2019 and went on to secure a crucial win in their battle for survival, whereas Smith’s men left empty-handed on their past three visits after being forced to travel on the day due to Covid.
There is no right or wrong way to approach a trip to Perpignan, according to Smith.
“It’s going to be a hit-and-run mission,” he said on this week’s travel plans.
“I don’t know what the preferred is. Sometimes we have options on that but without commercial flights and a whole lot of choices, you take what you can and try to make the best of it.
“You go over there and back on the day and get the job done and it’s the best way to do it. If you don’t, you want to do it the other way.
“I’ve done it both ways. I’ve had some good results and also come a cropper at times too.
“I like to go home to my own bed so in and out is good for me!”
Rovers will make the trip buoyed by a welcome win over Salford Red Devils last week.
But they will run into a Catalans side fresh from a fourth straight victory, a 28-0 rout of previously unbeaten Wigan Warriors.
Since losing to defending champions St Helens in round one, Steve McNamara’s side have beaten Wakefield Trinity and Wigan at home either side of impressive wins over Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves on the road.
After losing four times to the Dragons in 2021 – twice in Perpignan – Smith knows his side will need to be at their best to leave with the competition points.
“You’ve got to compete and not be dominated,” he said.
“It’s different weather conditions, although the game against Wigan was played in torrential rain with a wet field.
“Normally it’s a bit more humid and a different surface. But we’ll see what the weather throws at us.
“There are all sorts of all challenges about going over there and getting the job done, not least the fact they’re a very good team.”