Sky Sports pundit Clarke praises Salford

Salford Red Devils 36-20 Huddersfield Giants

Salford Red Devils have been lauded by Sky Sports pundit Phil Clarke, with Robert Lui getting recgonition for the ‘season of his life’.

The Red Devils are playing some great rugby under the stewardship of Ian Watson, and they booked a place in the Challenge Cup semi-finals with a victory over Wakefield Trinity on Thursday night.

Clarke has been impressed by Salford’s squad depth which has been on show throughout the season.

“I watched Salford embarrass Warrington with players, who many people at the start of the year, would’ve assumed were just Championship or fringe players,” Clarke told SARL writer Jack Ireland.

“I questioned Salford’s ability with players wearing jerseys 18-30 and I thought their squad players wouldn’t be good enough to keep them in that position, but it looks as though, happily, I’m being proven wrong.”

Clarke also gave credit to a number of Salford players who have helped turn the team’s fortunes around in quick time.

“I think Robert Lui’s having probably the best season of his life,” he said.

“It appears to me that the coach has got the players playing better than they have done at previous clubs.

“Logan Tomkins is probably the best of the three Tomkins brothers at the moment. They’re doing remarkably well.

“I think last season they were a good side, but they weren’t fit enough to win game over 80 minutes. This year, I think they’ve just gotten a little bit mentality and physically stronger and fitter.

“(Last year) they had the skill but didn’t seem to have the stamina, and I think they’ve got the stamina this year. The biggest difference between this year and last year, is that they now can defend more, so they’ve probably spent six months trying to improve the defence and have done so dramatically.”