|Betfred Super League|
|Salford (10) 32|
|Tries: Tomkins, Flanagan, Lolohea, Inu Goals: Inu 8|
|Huddersfield (6) 12|
|Tries: McIntosh, Russell Goals: Roberts, Russell|
Salford Red Devils returned to the play-off spots as they recorded a fourth straight Super League victory against struggling Huddersfield Giants.
Logan Tomkins’ try had put Salford in front, but Huddersfield hit back with Darnell McIntosh and Olly Russell going over either side of half-time.
However, tries from Mark Flanagan and Tui Lolohea put the hosts in the clear.
Krisnan Inu, who kicked four conversions and four penalties, then added a late try himself.
Salford had been leapfrogged by Castleford after their 20-6 win over London Broncos on Saturday, but this ultimately comfortable win puts them back into the top five.
They have now scored 152 points in four successive wins since losing to Huddersfield last month.
But they were given a scare early in the second half by the Giants, who were still smarting from their 44-0 humbling at the hands of Leeds last time out.
Russell’s try, after he latched on to Louis Senior’s kick, gave them hope of a morale-boosting win in their fight against the drop.
But they had no answer to Salford’s blitz in the last 15 minutes, which included three tries and exemplary kicking from Inu.
Salford Red Devils head coach Ian Watson:
“It was a real good arm-wrestle and I thought we showed a good mentality, especially in defence.
“Defence wins you games and it’s no secret it wins you competitions too. We were much better with the ball in the second half.
“The message in the final quarter was to not lose concentration. Huddersfield came here with a good mentality and they had a real purpose. We have to make sure we outlast the opposition in the remaining games this season.
“The group of players we have here is outstanding and the boys have been a credit to the club all year. We need to nail that play-off spot and see what we can do.”
Huddersfield Giants head coach Simon Woolford:
“The effort from the guys was tremendous but we didn’t make it easy on ourselves.
“Salford hit the lead late on and the scoreline wasn’t a true indication of the game. There was a lot of good stuff in there and it was a tough game.
“It’s tough for everyone involved at the club – each week we are playing for our lives. Obviously, it’s not ideal (where we are in the league) but we competed and were in it until the 70th minute.
“Salford are a team riding high on confidence and enthusiasm. We knew we had to be somewhere near our best, but with the ball we didn’t help ourselves with too many errors.”
Salford: Evalds; Olpherts, Welham, Bibby, Inu; Lolohea, Hastings; Dudson, Tomkins, Walker, Jones, Lannon, Flanagan.
Interchanges: Johnson, Lussick, McCarthy, Mossop.
Huddersfield: Gaskell; McGillvary, L Senior, Jake Wardle, McIntosh; Russell, Holmes; English, Leeming, Matagi, Joe Wardle, Ta’ai, Lawrence.
Interchanges: O’Brien, Roberts, Wilson, Ikahihifo.
Referee: Marcus Griffiths (RFL).