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Huddersfield underline title credentials with impressive win over Salford

In a repeat of a play-off clash last season, Salford Red Devils host former coach Ian Watson and his Huddersfield Giants side.

Both teams have been up and down to start the season in terms of results but both have been performing well despite some closely fought defeats.

Last week perhaps summed this up the best as both sides lost in close games to last year’s top two.

That said, this puts extra pressure on getting a result in this game especially before rivals round.

As you’d expect from Salford, they showed their attacking intent early with Brodie Croft showing what he can do but it was the Giants who scored first with Ash Golding showing great pace to capitalise on an error and race away to score.

Salford though, as ever, were dangerous in attack and after 25 minutes Croft broke through attempting an offload to King Vuniyayawa however Chris McQueen intercepted and broke clear. The Giants then earned a penalty and made it 8-0.

Salford needed a try to hit back and it came through Shane Wright hitting a good line and powering over.

But just before the break Huddersfield re-established their eight point lead as Kevin Naiqama made a break finding Owen Trout in support to score and make it 14-6 at halftime.

It was vital that Salford scored first in the second half and they did with Matt Costello producing a winger’s finish in the corner after quick hands: 14-10 with Marc Sneyd missing the conversion.

This came after Joe Burgess went off with a rid injury.

Back in the game, the Giants extended their lead out to six with a penalty to make it 16-10.

Soon enough though they led by 12 when Owen Trout exploited a gap to cross for his second of the game to make it 22-10. It came from a lovely pass from Matty English.

If the game wasn’t over then it was when another Naiqama break set up Chris McQueen to score and wrap up an impressive win. It did however cost them Ash Golding and Will Pryce.

The scoring wasn’t complete there though with Kallum Watkins grabbing a late try: 26-16.

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