Paul Rowley reveals why he speaks about St Helens a lot ahead Salford Red Devils’ play-off clash with them

Salford are once again on an incredible journey. The Red Devils, like they did in 2019, are defying the odds as the Grand Final becomes more of a real possibility every week.

After finishing in the top six which certainly looked unlikely earlier in the season, they’ve now made their way to the semi-finals thanks to a win over Huddersfield Giants as they claimed a 28-0 win away at the John Smith’s Stadium thanks to tries from Joe Burgess, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Brierley and Andy Ackers.

Now a trip to the Champions is on the cards with St Helens standing in their way when it comes to travelling back down the road to Old Trafford that they took in 2019.

Certainly the Red Devils are capable of pulling off the upset but their coach Paul Rowley has expressed huge respect for the Champions after their win over Huddersfield.

He also explained why he has talked a lot about them throughout the year: “St Helens are the Champions and have been for several years. We talk a lot about St Helens and the reason why is because they’re the benchmark. I’m sure we’re not the only one. We try and work to get near to what they do week after week.

“Nothing new. We’re back as the underdog.

“You can’t sneak your way to anything worth winning.”

However, he did also express confidence in his own team noting that they’re now well versed in do or die rugby: “We’re a team that has probably played play-off football for seven or eight weeks because the league has been so tight so the jeopardy has been there.

“We’re quite adaptable, resilient and chilled. So, it’ll be no different this week. It would be ignorant to get carried away or start thinking too far ahead.”

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