Salford Red Devils 16-24 Huddersfield Giants

Friday 25th May 2018
KO: 20:00 - Round: 16

16-24 FT

HT: 10 6

Official: L Moore

Venue: AJ Bell Stadium

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Junior Sa'u 2, Niall Evalds,

  • Goals
    Rob Lui 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Darnell McIntosh, Daniel Smith, Jordan Turner, Kruise Leeming,

  • Goals
    Danny Brough 4,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Huddersfield Giants recorded a fourth straight win as they saw off Salford Red Devils 24-16 in front of their new coach Simon Woolford.

The Australian, formerly assistant coach at Newcastle Knights, would have been greatly encouraged as the Giants dug deep and moved above their opponents into the Betfred Super League top eight.

Salford made a bright start with an early try from centre Junior Sa’u, but Robert Lui was unable to add the conversion.

Lui slotted a penalty to make it 6-0 but the Giants got off the mark when Jake Mamo put winger Darnell McIntosh over in the corner. Danny Brough, like Lui, missed the conversion but levelled from a later penalty.

Salford went into the break ahead as Niall Evalds stole in to ground Lui's kick, but Huddersfield took charge in the second half.

Daniel Smith powered over from close range and Brough's goal gave them the lead, then Jordan Turner crossed against his former club before Kruise Leeming added another try.

Sa’u grabbed his second try of the game late on for the Red Devils but the damage had been done.

Huddersfield assistant coach Chris Thorman said: “It was doom and gloom at the club not that long ago but we are in a much better place now.

“If there’s any habit you want to get into it’s winning.

“I am excited that Simon was here to see that performance and we provided cause for him to be positive. He seems like a good fella and has an educated rugby brain. He’s passionate and he cares.”

Salford head coach Ian Watson said: "Our attitude in the first half was there and we looked pretty dominant.

“Second half I thought we were awful. It was chalk and cheese. It’s not good enough from us as a group.

“You need to have some pride in your defence and dig in but the pressure is getting to us. We know how important it is to retain our Super League status.

“We’re not in a great situation but we need to adopt a siege mentality and work together.”

  • 78: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 77: TRY! scored for Salford by Junior Sa'u
  • 74: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 73: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Kruise Leeming
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 64: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Jordan Turner
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 51: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Daniel Smith
  • 29: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Danny Brough
  • 19: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Darnell McIntosh
  • 16: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 3: TRY! scored for Salford by Junior Sa'u
  • Key Performers

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Red Devils 3
    Giants 4

    Goals:

    Red Devils 2
    Giants 4

    METRES:

    Red Devils 1159
    Giants 1204

    CARRIES:

    Red Devils 175
    Giants 186

    TACKLES:

    Red Devils 355
    Giants 313

    OFFLOADS:

    Red Devils 11
    Giants 11

    PENALTIES:

    Red Devils 10
    Giants 8

    BREAKS:

    Red Devils 3
    Giants 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Johnson 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 14 118 8.43 0 4 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Niall Evalds 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 10 114 11.40 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Derrell Olpherts 0 1 5 1 1 6 1 16 106 6.63 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 32 6 4 4 0 16 89 5.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    George Griffin 0 0 42 8 5 1 0 11 84 7.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Robert Lui 0 1 22 3 5 1 9 17 81 4.76 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 28 6 1 2 0 14 79 5.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 25 5 2 0 0 10 77 7.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Lannon 0 0 29 7 1 2 0 12 72 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Lee Mossop 0 0 27 3 2 0 0 8 71 8.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Daniel Murray 0 0 28 2 2 0 0 9 60 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Sau 2 0 16 2 2 4 0 9 54 6.00 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 27 6 2 0 0 8 44 5.50 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jake Shorrocks 0 0 15 1 4 2 3 6 34 5.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Bibby 0 0 15 1 3 0 0 4 29 7.25 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Wood 0 0 25 6 2 1 0 4 25 6.25 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Ben Nakubuwai 0 0 17 2 1 1 0 7 22 3.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jake Mamo 0 1 12 0 0 6 0 19 121 6.37 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jermaine McGillvary 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 18 118 6.56 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 1
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 16 107 6.69 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Kruise Leeming 1 2 16 4 0 5 0 9 107 11.89 1 9 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 19 1 3 7 0 14 103 7.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
    Paul Clough 0 0 35 8 2 1 0 13 85 6.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Smith 1 0 24 3 1 0 0 12 72 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Darnell McIntosh 1 0 4 0 0 3 0 14 69 4.93 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 32 9 4 2 0 12 69 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew English 0 0 23 5 2 0 0 8 57 7.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe 0 0 29 5 0 2 0 9 56 6.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Brough 0 0 21 4 3 1 9 13 55 4.23 0 0 1 0 4 1 1 1
    Ukuma Ta'ai 0 0 15 3 2 0 0 7 52 7.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jordan Turner 1 0 8 0 2 3 0 7 51 7.29 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Mellor 0 0 29 8 3 1 0 10 44 4.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 0 20 4 1 0 0 4 28 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 23 6 2 0 0 1 10 10.00 0 1 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