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Paul Rowley has say on Ryan Brierley incident as he has cheeky jab at Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos

In their 28-0 play-off win over Huddersfield, almost everything went perfectly for the Salford Red Devils.

They started fast quickly taking a 2-0 lead through a Marc Sneyd penalty before back to back tries from Joe Burgess and Kallum Watkins – both equally brilliant with the former coming from a neat scrum move and the latter coming from a terrific Brodie Croft break – took them to 14-0 in front before another Sneyd penalty made it 16-0.

In the second half a try for Ryan Brierley from a Sneyd grubber and a lovely break away score from Andy Ackers wrapped up a rememberable 28-0 win for the Red Devils as they move on to the semi-finals at Huddersfield’s expense and can look forward to a clash with the Champions St Helens next week.

However, despite this nearly flawless performance there was one moment that didn’t go to plan. This came late in the first half as Huddersfield looked for a try to try and get back in the game and nearly came when Tui Lolohea went through off a Chris McQueen offload. Lolohea then chipped over opposite number Brierley who was deemed to have taken him out in a professional foul that yielded a yellow card.

Salford hung in there as they defended with a man light but some were worried that Brierley could get a ban for the incident which would make things really tough on the Red Devils who will be without Brodie Croft due to a head injury.

When this was asked of coach Paul Rowley, he dismissed any worries whilst taking a cheeky jab at this weekend’s other play-off clash between Catalans and Leeds: “I haven’t even thought of that to be fair. Nah. I’d be unbelievably shocked if that was the case.

“I’ll be honest, I don’t think they’ll have enough time after last night’s game anyway.

“I thought we were really disciplined all game.”

That game between Catalans and Leeds yielded four cards for the French side with Mitchell Pearce sin binned twice, Michael McIlorum also copping a yellow and Gil Dudson receiving a red.

It remains to be seen whether any Leeds or Salford players are at risk of missing their semi-finals against Wigan and St Helens respectively.

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