Salford have continued to plough ahead towards securing their spot in the play-offs with a hard fought win against a free and expressive Hull side tonight setting up a huge game against Castleford on Monday.
Scrum move masters
Salford may just be the best team in Super League right now, and maybe for some time, at scrum plays and they scored from another scrum move tonight thanks to a lovely link up between Ryan Brierley and Ken Sio.
Salford’s strike players
When you have effectively three dynamic centres all playing in the shape of Tim Lafai, Deon Cross and Kallum Watkins, you’re always going to cause teams problems and both Cross and Watkins scored lovely tries through dancing feet.
In a must win game for Salford and a bit of a dead game for Hull FC whose signature end of season slump has seen their play-off hopes dissipate, many expected the Red Devils to have it easy and although the scored first, Hull gave as good as they got in the first half to create a real story in the game.
One of many of Salford’s in form players got the board rolling however after near constant pressure. It was Kallum Watkins who scored in the end with the former Leeds man using his signature skip to the right to ease through the defence and score.
It didn’t take Hull long to hit back with their first real attack of the game with Will Smith finding a way under the posts.
The first half was very much you score we score as Rhys Williams gave Salford the lead again in a rare appearance. Tim Lafai was of course involved with a decisive pass to the winger to make it 10-6.
But again Will Smith had Salford frustrated when his chip kick paved the way for Brad Fash to score. The conversion was missed but just before halftime Luke Gale nailed a penalty to give them the lead for the first time.
After falling behind late in the first half, Salford needed a strong start to the second half and it came through a lovely scrum move with Ryan Brierley linking well with Ken Sio to provide yet another score to the prolific winger.
Vitally, Salford for the first time added to their lead rather than conceding straight away with Deon Cross majestically dancing through defenders to score to give Salford a 10-point lead.
Virtually game over especially as the game entered the last 10 minutes, but a lovely link up between Will Smith and Jake Connor saw Hull hit back within the last 10 to make it 22-18 and give Leeds and Castleford fans hope that the Black and Whites could do them both a huge favour.
Instead, as Hull looked for a winner, Brierley wrapped things up with a deserved try as he sliced through a gap to score.