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Super League star suggests rivals have been “fortunate” this year

Bevan French and Jai Field at Wigan Warriors, Matt Dufty at Warrington Wolves, Tex Hoy at Hull FC, Jack Welsby at St Helens and with Lachie Miller coming to Leeds Rhinos, Super League is awash with top notch fullbacks at the moment.

But one that always seems overlooked is Ryan Brierley with the Salford Red Devils star in sparkling form.

Though he was less than impressed with his side’s display in victory against Wakefield Trinity as he said on the Super League Show:

“Yeah, that was one of the weirdest games I’ve ever been involved in, just lacking quality.

“We talked about the league and how close it is so I think in games you’re going to get a bit of anxiety and nerves, and I think you probably saw that from both teams and it was far from polished.

“I think the most positive thing for us was the nil. I think we’ve conceded one try in two games now, so I’m trying to find the positives out of the game.

“I know that’s the old cliche of when you play bad and win, but I think in recent weeks we’ve probably lost that game.”

Salford are in a play-off battle with the likes of Leigh Leopards ahead of them.

He suggested his former club have done well but have been lucky with injuries:

“Adrian Lam has to work out if it’s a Challenge Cup hangover or a slump in form, but I think the issue around Leigh would be the squad size.

“They’ve been really fortunate with their injuries, not had any injuries throughout the season really. So they’ve managed to come through that period really well,.

“I think the minutes what Rob Mulhern has been playing, Edwin Ipape, and them big fellas in the middle, it could put them under pressure at the back end of the year, which you don’t really want.

“I think they have been outstanding for most of the year, they’ve been unbelievable to watch at times. And do I think they’ve still got enough? Yeah, I still think they’ll make the six. But there’ll be a few warning shots there from Adrian Lam knowing that his team may be feeling a bit of fatigue.”

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