Thursday 16th February 2017
20:00 - Round: 11

20-30 FT

( 4-10 HT )

Attendance : 6,017

Official: J Child

Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

Thursday 16th February 2017
20:00 - Round: 11

20 : 30 FT

( 4 - 10 HT )

Attendance : 6,017

Official: J Child

Venue: The John Smith's Stadium

Scorers

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Jermaine McGillvary, Alex Mellor 2, Ukuma Ta'ai,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Junior Sa'u, Gareth O'Brien 2, Josh Jones,

  • Goals
    Gareth O'Brien 7,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Official Report / Commentary

Gareth O'Brien helped Salford Red Devils get off the mark in 2017 with a 22-point haul in a thrilling 30-20 win over Huddersfield Giants.

The full-back scored two of his side's four tries and kicked seven goals from as many attempts to almost single-handedly condemn the Giants to defeat in this rearranged round 11 fixture in Betfred Super League.

O'Brien gave the Red Devils the lead with a ninth-minute penalty but Huddersfield bossed the opening quarter and scored the first try of the game through England winger Jermaine McGillvary.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the second quarter, with centre Junior Sa'u taking O'Brien's pass to scythe through for a 22nd minute try and O'Brien adding a penalty on the stroke of half-time to extend his side's lead to 10-4.

That became 16-4 within two minutes of the restart thanks to a try from O'Brien but two tries in three minutes from centre Alex Mellor saw the hosts come back into the game. 

O'Brien cut through for his second try in the 63rd minute before adding his fifth goal to make it 22-14. The gap was back to just two points on 69 minutes when Ukuma Ta'ai's try was converted by Danny Brough but Josh Jones forced his way over for a solo try five minutes from the end to clinch the victory.

Huddersfield coach Rick Stone admitted the hungrier team won.

"Any time you lose, it's disappointing," Stone said. "I thought our effort in the second half was great.

"We had some momentum to win the game but probably didn't stay as composed as we needed to be. Sometimes when you're chasing points, there's a bit of panic and I think there was a bit of that.

"We tried hard and kept coming back but the opposition kept firing bullets too. It was a decent contest. We just got beat by a hungrier team, to be honest. Full credit goes to the opposition, they deserved to win."

Salford coach Ian Watson was delighted with the way his side responded to their opening-round home defeat to Wigan Warriors.

"It's really pleasing on the back of the Wigan game because we spoke all week about things we need to learn from it and I think we put a few wrongs right tonight," Watson said.

"We had that toughness about us tonight. We showed great determination and great character."

  • 78: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 75: TRY! scored for Salford by Josh Jones
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 69: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 69: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Ukuma Ta'ai
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 63: TRY! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 51: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor
  • 49: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Alex Mellor
  • 49: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 42: TRY! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 42: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • 22: TRY! scored for Salford by Junior Sa'u
  • 19: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jermaine McGillvary
  • 8: GOAL! scored for Salford by Gareth O'Brien
  • Key Performers

    Alex Mellor

    Metres 134

    Danny Brough

    Forty Twenty 1

    Lee Gaskell

    Metres 155
    Clean Breaks 3

    Sebastine Ikahihifo

    Tackles 32
    Offloads 4

    Ukuma Ta'ai

    Metres 182

    Lee Mossop

    Tackles 36

    Kris Welham

    Metres 156

    Michael Dobson

    Forty Twenty 1

    Justin Carney

    Metres 188

    Joshua Jones

    Tackles 34

    Greg Johnson

    Metres 169

    Head to Head

    Tries: 4-4

    Goals: 2-7

    METRES 1339 - 1255

    CARRIES 182 - 165

    TACKLES 350 - 386

    OFFLOADS 12 - 2

    PENALTIES 6 - 8

    BREAKS 8 - 9

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Alex Mellor 2 0 20 5 3 3 0 15 134 8.93 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ukuma Ta'ai 1 0 21 4 1 4 0 22 182 8.27 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 1 0 6 0 2 5 1 18 109 6.06 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul Clough 0 0 23 6 0 1 0 7 43 6.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 16 3 0 0 0 3 18 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kruise Leeming 0 0 23 5 2 3 0 11 124 11.27 0 11 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Rapira 0 0 19 5 3 0 0 10 56 5.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Shannon Wakeman 0 0 18 3 3 0 0 4 25 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dale Ferguson 0 0 23 4 0 0 0 12 62 5.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 37 11 1 0 0 11 65 5.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 1 37 10 3 1 0 8 59 7.38 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 32 6 2 8 0 17 119 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
    Ryan Brierley 0 0 8 1 0 2 2 5 20 4.00 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Danny Brough 0 3 23 3 3 0 9 3 7 2.33 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1
    Aaron Murphy 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 13 87 6.69 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Leroy Cudjoe 0 0 30 6 3 3 0 9 74 8.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 0 8 0 1 4 2 14 155 11.07 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Gareth O'Brien 2 1 17 2 0 2 1 10 36 3.60 1 1 0 0 7 0 0 1
    Joshua Jones 1 0 34 5 1 5 0 12 99 8.25 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Junior Sau 1 0 18 1 2 3 0 13 122 9.38 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Lama Tasi 0 0 19 1 1 0 0 11 80 7.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 22 6 0 0 0 7 47 6.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 36 7 2 0 0 3 14 4.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    George Griffin 0 0 34 9 6 0 0 9 49 5.44 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 36 8 4 1 0 4 21 5.25 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Mossop 0 0 36 10 3 0 0 9 63 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 28 3 2 1 0 14 102 7.29 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 1 27 7 1 1 2 4 3 0.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Dobson 0 1 21 2 5 1 8 3 14 4.67 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
    Justin Carney 0 0 6 2 1 8 0 21 188 8.95 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kris Welham 0 0 21 3 4 1 1 17 156 9.18 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Johnson 0 0 5 1 0 4 0 15 169 11.27 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Walne 0 0 13 4 2 0 0 8 58 7.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Wood 0 0 13 3 0 0 0 5 34 6.80 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties