Huddersfield Giants 14-34 Salford Red Devils

Friday 1st February 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 1

14-34 FT

HT: 2 8

Attendance: 5,387

Official: L Moore

Venue: John Smith's Stadium

  • Huddersfield Giants

  • Tries
    Akuila Uate, Kruise Leeming,

  • Goals
    Izaac Farrell 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Junior Sa'u, Ken Sio 2, Niall Evalds 3, Derrell Olpherts,

  • Goals
    Joey Lussick 2, Ken Sio,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Niall Evalds scored a second-half hat-trick of tries to give Salford Red Devils a flying start to their Betfred Super League season and condemn hosts Huddersfield Giants to a nightmare introduction to 2019.

Until the Red Devils’ livewire full-back took matters into his own hands in the final quarter, there had been little between the two teams.

However, his quickfire double midway through the second period proved decisive as the visitors produced a sprint finish to storm to an emphatic 34-14 victory.

Ken Sio also crossed over for a brace - and converted his second - with Junior Sa’u and Derrell Olpherts adding one try apiece for the visitors as Joey Lussick added a conversion and penalty.

The Giants replied with tries from Akuila Uate and Kruise Leeming with Izaac Farrell kicking over two penalties and converting both tries.

Salford coach Ian Watson said: "I’m obviously delighted with the way it went. To be honest, it couldn’t have gone much better for an opening day.

"But while I’m happy, I also know there’s still a great deal of improvement in us, which I suppose makes this win even more encouraging.

"Our combinations looked great and the spine of the team was there and doing a great job straight away."

Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford said: "We were just nowhere near good enough. It was really disappointing.

"It’s true that we did have a number of senior players out injured – that caused a fair bit of disruption – but our team was still good enough to win the game.

"But you’re not going to win if you defend like we did. What was really bad about it was that Salford scored so many tries of a similar fashion and we just didn’t learn from that as the game went on, they just kept on scoring the same way."

  • 79: TRY! scored for Salford by Derrell Olpherts
  • 78: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Izaac Farrell
  • 78: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Kruise Leeming
  • 73: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 70: TRY! scored for Salford by Ken Sio
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Salford by Ken Sio
  • 57: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Salford by Joey Lussick
  • 54: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Salford by Joey Lussick
  • 44: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Izaac Farrell
  • 43: TRY! scored for Huddersfield by Akuila Uate
  • 32: TRY! scored for Salford by Ken Sio
  • 13: TRY! scored for Salford by Junior Sa'u
  • 2: GOAL! scored for Huddersfield by Izaac Farrell
  • Key Performers

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Giants 2
    Red Devils 7

    Goals:

    Giants 3
    Red Devils 3

    METRES:

    Giants 965
    Red Devils 1251

    CARRIES:

    Giants 148
    Red Devils 159

    TACKLES:

    Giants 343
    Red Devils 333

    OFFLOADS:

    Giants 3
    Red Devils 2

    PENALTIES:

    Giants 7
    Red Devils 9

    BREAKS:

    Giants 3
    Red Devils 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Adam Walne 0 0 23 3 0 0 0 13 111 8.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Wardle 0 0 13 2 0 1 0 12 90 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sebastine Ikahihifo 0 0 27 4 0 4 0 15 86 5.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Alex Mellor 0 0 36 7 0 3 0 6 74 12.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Akuila Uate 1 0 4 1 2 4 0 13 71 5.46 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Darnell McIntosh 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 10 70 7.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Turner 0 1 20 0 5 4 0 10 68 6.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 26 3 1 2 0 10 68 6.80 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Suaia Matagi 0 0 30 4 1 0 0 11 64 5.82 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Frawley 0 0 14 0 2 2 3 7 63 9.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike Lawrence 0 0 39 6 0 2 0 11 57 5.18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew English 0 0 17 2 1 0 0 6 48 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Scott Grix 0 0 3 0 1 3 2 13 43 3.31 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 28 6 1 1 0 4 31 7.75 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Hewitt 0 0 14 2 0 0 0 2 11 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kruise Leeming 1 0 16 3 0 0 0 3 10 3.33 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Izaac Farrell 0 0 33 8 1 0 3 2 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joshua Jones 0 0 21 2 1 1 1 15 147 9.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Lee Mossop 0 0 29 5 3 0 0 13 140 10.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jansin Turgut 0 2 20 7 6 3 1 14 110 7.86 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ken Sio 2 0 6 0 1 3 0 15 106 7.07 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 1
    Derrell Olpherts 1 0 11 5 1 1 1 15 101 6.73 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Niall Evalds 3 1 2 0 0 3 0 11 94 8.55 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Gil Dudson 0 0 44 11 3 0 0 13 87 6.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Ben Nakubuwai 0 0 17 0 1 0 0 11 86 7.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Griffin 0 0 32 9 2 0 0 8 71 8.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Robert Lui 0 1 22 5 1 1 3 7 69 9.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jackson Hastings 0 1 16 3 3 3 7 11 61 5.55 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Kris Welham 0 0 18 3 1 0 0 7 59 8.43 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Sau 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 5 37 7.40 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joey Lussick 0 1 40 6 1 0 1 6 34 5.67 0 5 1 0 2 3 0 1
    Greg Burke 0 0 25 7 1 0 0 6 33 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Flanagan 0 0 25 5 1 0 0 2 16 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    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