Salford Red Devils 36-20 Huddersfield Giants

Salford Red Devils 36-20 Huddersfield Giants

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Ian Watson’s Salford have moved back into second place in Super League after they proved too strong for Huddersfield at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Red Devils scored seven tries in the 36-20 victory, including two for man-of-the-match Robert Lui who celebrated signing his new contract in style.

In a tight first quarter, it was the Giants who registered the first points as good play opened up space for Leroy Cudjoe to score in the corner. Danny Brough converted to make it 0-6.

It took Salford until the 20-minute mark to post their first points as Junior Sa’u made the most of some hesitant Giants defence to go over out wide; Michael Dobson’s conversion levelling the scores.

This started a purple patch for the home side as they went over two more times in the next six minutes; Robert Lui using great footwork for the first before a brilliant team try involving Ben Murdoch-Masila, Greg Johnson and try-scorer Kris Welham.

Michael Dobson converted the try of the season contender to take the score out to 18-6.

There was however time for the Giants to hit back before half-time as Brough’s 40/20 set up the field position for Aaron Murphy to reduce the deficit.

Brough was unable to land the extras as Salford took an 18-10 lead into the sheds.

Having started the first half slow, the Red Devils didn’t make the same mistake in the second as Gareth O’Brien stepped inside to score the first points just five minutes in.

Junior Sa’u soon had his second try of the day five minutes later as he found a gap in the Giants defence to open a 16-point gap in Salford’s favour.

Now showing their early season form, the Red Devils were in no mood to stop as the impressive Murdoch-Masila shrugged off two defenders and found Johnson for another four-pointer.

After helping to create a number of scores, Murdoch-Masila got a deserved try on the hour-mark as he crashed over from close range, the score now 36-10.

Huddersfield had been blown away by a scintillating spell from the hosts but they did get two consolation tries in the final quarter through Kruise Leeming and Darnell McIntosh.

It was a strange game in that Huddersfield were probably the better team in the first and last 20 minutes, however Salford were outstanding in the middle periods and fully deserved the win.

It’s a victory that puts them back up to second and level on points with Leeds Rhinos, the team they face in their next Super League match a week today at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Salford Red Devils

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Gareth O’BrienFull Back100000
3Josh JonesCentre000000
4Junior Sa’uCentre200000
5Niall EvaldsWing000000
6Robert LuiStand Off100001
7Michael DobsonScrum Half040000
8Craig Kopczak 10Prop000000
9Logan Tomkins 20Hooker000000
11Ben Murdoch-Masila 12Second Row100000
13Mark FlanaganLoose Forward000000
14Lama Tasi 16Prop000000
21Greg JohnsonWing100000
22Kris WelhamCentre100000
10George Griffin 8Interchange000000
12Weller Hauraki 11Interchange000000
16Olsi Krasniqi 14Interchange000000
20Kriss Brining 9Interchange000000
 Total 740001

Huddersfield Giants

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
3Leroy CudjoeCentre100000
4Lee GaskellFull Back000000
5Aaron MurphyWing100000
6Danny BroughStand Off020000
9Ryan HinchcliffeHooker000000
10Shannon Wakeman 8Prop000000
12Dale Ferguson 17Loose Forward000000
14Kruise LeemingHooker100000
15Sebastine Ikahihifo 18Loose Forward000000
16Oliver Roberts 19Second Row000000
24Darnell McIntoshFull Back100000
30Alex MellorCentre000000
35Jordan RankinFull Back000000
8Sam Rapira 10Interchange000000
17Ukuma Ta’ai 12Interchange000000
18Paul Clough 15Interchange000000
19Nathan Mason 16Interchange000000
 Total 420000

Match Details

Date Time Competition Season Match Day
July 2, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Salford Red Devils181836
Huddersfield Giants101020