10th August 2018, 22:41 | super8
Robert Lui pulled the strings as Salford earned a crucial 28-10 win over Hull KR in their Super 8s Qualifiers opener.
In a repeat of the 2016 Million Pound Game which Salford snatched in a dramatic finale, the tension was palpable throughout.
The Red Devils held a slender 6-4 half-time lead as Niall Evalds scored the opening try and Craig Hall hit back with his third try in only his second game since returning to Rovers.
Jackson Hastings extended Salford’s advantage from a penalty and Lui’s length-of-the-field effort left the visitors in full control.
Debutant Joey Lussick and Josh Wood scored to make sure of the result and despite Shaun Lunt’s late try there was no way back for Rovers.
"Frustrating would put it mildly," said Hull KR boss Tim Sheens.
"The tries were really disappointing and we didn't handle the opportunities we got.
"It's very important for us to get it together soon. The pressure is back on us big time. We're on our toes now having lost that game."
The emotions for Salford were in stark contrast. Assistant coach Willie Poching said: "If you've been involved in this competition before, you understand the importance of trying to get the wins but also getting them early.
"We can't understate the importance of this. Being in the position we're in - only having three home games - to pick up one away is a big bonus for us. It puts us in a good position."