Salford Run Out Comfortable Winners In Season Opener

A tight first half would be followed by a points heavy second half as the Red Devils laid it on the Giants thick and fast to take two competition points.

It wouldn't be the best of starts for Salford, conceding a goal line drop out inside the first 3 minutes as Huddersfield turned the screw, the subsequent kick not making it 10 metres and Huddersfield opting to take the early opportunity for points with a shot at goal, Izaac Farrell converting.

A second penalty 10 metres from the Salford line threatened to put the visitors further behind inside 10 minutes, Salford digging deep and forcing the turnover on their own line to prevent Huddersfield registering points.

Ill-discipline and points were clearly going to go hand in hand through this fixture, Junior Sa'u held down for a little too long for the referees liking as Salford were awarded a fresh set of six 10 metres out, Sa'u punishing the Giants as he powered over from close range, Lussick unable to convert, 4-2 Salford.

six minutes after scoring the games opening try, Junior Sa'u would be forced from the field by injury, the knock looking to have come in the act of scoring itself.

Salford would spill the ball close to their own line and invite yet more attacking pressure, Huddersfield forcing a goal line drop out. The Giants banging on the door with Michael Lawrence but the Salford defence getting under him to prevent a certain try.

With eight minutes to go until half-time, Salford would extend their lead, a penalty once more putting them in striking distance and Niall Evalds attacking the line, the fullback tipping on Jansin Turgut who quickly found Ken Sio in space on the wing to score, Lussick off target with the kick and Salford taking an 8-2 lead into the half.

It would be another fast start from the Giants, Uate making his presence in Super League known as he found his way into the corner on debut, Farrell on target with the kick once more to level the score at 8-8.

Salford began to ramp up the intensity in an effort to register points, Hastings kick trapping Grix in his in goal area and pinning the Giants under pressure once more. Salford getting a penalty from the goal line drop out and Lussick shooting for the sticks, Salford regaining their lead.

Huddersfield's discipline was beginning to play them out of the game, another penalty piggy-backing the Red Devils into their half and the visitors taking full advantage of the improved field position, Niall Evalds once more going at the line before dummying and putting himself through a hole to score the try, Lussick on hand to convert, 16-8 Salford.

Evalds would have his second of the game less than a minute later, the Red Devils breaking down the left wing and Turgut putting it on the boot and Evalds collecting the grubber, Lussick unable to convert this time.

Salford's kicking game had caused Huddersfield problems all night and there was more to come, a bobbling grubber forcing another goal line drop out, which would set the platform for Ken Sio's second try of the game, Hastings and Evalds linking up to find the winger in space once more to score, Sio converting his own try from the touchline to make it 26-8.

Evalds would grab his hat-trick with seven minutes left to play, cutting through a gaping defence to cap off a superb performance. Sio unable to convert from out on the left wing.

Kruise Leeming would salvage a little pride for the home side when he darted over from dummy half, his effort would quickly be cancelled out by Derrell Olpherts' try with seconds left to play to finish off a miserable evening for the Giants, Salford triumphant at a score of 34-14.


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