With The Challenge Cup Final just over a week away Salford faced the prospect of two tough League matches against Huddersfield Giants and Hull Kingston Rovers respectively.
After last Saturday’s cup heroics Ian Watson made a couple of adjustments to his side. Chris Atkin replaced Kevin Brown with Ryan Lannon slotting in the second row for Tyrone McCarthy. Luke Yates returned after suspension to replace Mark Flanagan. Andy Ackers and Jack Ormondroyd made the substitutes bench with Seb Ikahihifo and Elliot Kear getting the night off.
Despite the recent rain in the North of England the Headingley pitch looked in marvellous condition.
A dry fine evening lay in store as the sides entered the pitch for this behind closed doors clash.
It was a very tight opening, both defences looking very mean and solid with some big tackles crunching in.
Dan Sarginson looked solid at the back for Salford and the Red Devils began to press forcing a drop out.
It was the Giants though who opened the scoring against the run of play. Leroy Cudjoe out foxed some sloppy Salford defending. It was then back to back tries Aidan Sezer scoring from close range. Sezer converting both tries, 12-0.
Salford were struggling to put a fluent attack together but did get a leg up on the half hour mark. Chris Atkin took an interception pass and raced to the try line. Krisnan Inu made no mistake thumping the conversion over off the touch line.
Aidan Sezer continued to be Huddersfield’s live wire. His kicking game in particular was impressive in the first half but the Giants didn’t take advantage of their man advantage after Dan Sarginson was sin binned.
Salford dug in and defended well until the break. In the final minute of the first half Inu cautiously kicked a penalty from close range to close the gap to 12-8 at half time.
The first action of the second half saw Kenny Edwards sin binned. Salford had received three penalties on the trot before referee Robert Hicks lost his patience. The Red Devils immediately made the numerical advantage count. Inu scored in the corner and booted the touch line conversion to give his side a slender lead 12-14.
A lovely Tui Lolohea pass put Inu over in the corner. The winger finishing superbly. His goal kicking has been so reliable in recent weeks but he couldn’t convert his try.
The video referee was called upon when Andy Ackers went over. The decision was no try held up.
The Giants hit back when Sezer got his second try but hit the post with the conversion to leave Salford in front 16-18.
Neat passing gave Inu the opportunity for his hat trick and in unstoppable mood on the night he scored it. His conversion struck the inside off the post and went over to give the Red Devils an eight point cushion which they deserved.
Salford are starting to make a habit of coming from behind to win matches. Ian Watson will no doubt have things he will want to tidy up but another clever performance keeps the winning run going. It’s five wins on the trot now and the confidence is flowing.
Huddersfield 16 Salford 24