Salford Red Devil’s made it a hat trick of wins over London Broncos with a ruthless display in the capital. A near perfect first half of rugby league saw the visitors score six tries. The Broncos had no answer to the tempo and intensity of Ian Watson’s side. Mistakes were at a minimum as Salford looked capable of scoring on every set of six.
Krisnan Inu scored the games first try after latching on to a pin point Jackson Hastings kick. Soon after the lead was doubled when Mark Flanagan and Niall Evalds linked up superbly with a lovely exchange of passing. Flanagan finished off the move with Tui Lolohea converting the try, 0-12.
Josh Jones was a handful all afternoon with his powerful running and neat footwork baffling the jaded home sides defence. Jones went over from close range to score Salford’s third try after just sixteen minutes.
The Broncos first points of the match came somewhat against the run of play. Rhys Williams intercepted a wayward Lolohea pass to race ninety meters to score. Kieron Dixon added the goal 6-18.
Lolohea’s response was imminent with a deft kick through for full back Evalds to touch down. The Tongan international is finding his feet now and his hard work was rewarded with an interception try of his own in the thirty first minute.
The shell shocked Broncos struggled to build any sort of momentum as the first half was rounded off with yet another Salford try. Inu strolled in for his second try two minutes before the break after superb ball movement created the space for the Frenchman’s second try.
It didn’t take Salford long to make their mark on the second half. The tireless Hastings ran his blood to water yet again in an all action performance. The young Australian sliced through the fragile Broncos defence before sending Evalds over for his second try.
Kris Welham was next on the score sheet with a try. Welham who signed a contract for next season earlier in the week put in his usual accomplished display. A try in each of his last seven matches for Salford is a tremendous achievement and a run he will be eager to keep going.
London’s hard working forward Luke Yates gave the hosts some light relief with a try from close range to bring the scores to 12-48.
Hastings scored arguably the try of the match when he dropped his shoulder to shoot through a gap and back himself in a foot race to the line. A first class display from a first class player who is surely to stay well in the Man Of Steel Hunt.
Despite such a dominant display from Salford, Danny Ward’s Broncos refused to throw the towel in and responded with two tries.
Niall Evalds completed his hat trick five minutes from time as Salford made it ten tries on the day.
Derrell Olpherts was sin binned for a professional foul in the closing stages and on the back of that the hosts gave their supporters a crumb of comfort with the final try of the match from Robert Butler.
Speaking after the match Salford coach Ian Watson was delighted with his sides attitude and approach to the match. The twenty eight points conceded perhaps a slight concern but to score fifty eight away from home with a thirty point winning margin adds to Salford’s good points difference on the League table.
The Red Devil’s are back in action next Sunday when Huddersfield Giants visit The AJ Bell Stadium. It may be an old cliche again but Watson and his side will continue to focus on one game at a time. With seven wins on the road this season Salford continue to punch above their weight and their top five ambitions look alive and well.
London Broncos 28 Salford 58.