Salford Red Devils are live on Channel 4 as they take on Huddersfield Giants in Round 23 of the Betfred Super League.
Paul Rowley’s side will be looking to bounce back from a 34-14 defeat against Leeds Rhinos last weekend, but are still in flying form. In the last six fixtures, the Red Devils have won four times – including statement victories against St Helens and Catalans Dragons.
These two sides last met at St James’ Park on Magic Weekend. The Giants took the two points on that occasion despite a spirited Salford performance, so the Reds will be looking for revenge on Saturday afternoon.
With just five games left, the fight for a top-six place is fierce and Salford knows every game is massive in the pursuit of one of them spots. After the crucial clash at the The Salford Stadium, they face Catalans Dragons, Hull FC, Castleford Tigers, and Warrington Wolves in their final four games.
Speaking to the press ahead of this one, assistant coach Danny Orr was discussing the return of Shane Wright to the team, who suffered a nasty setback at the start of the campaign and is only just returning to full fitness.
“Like other teams, we’ve been struggling for numbers, so it was nice to have him back. A player who can play in the back row and in the middle – he was in the middle last weekend and did a really good job for his first game in a long time.
“He didn’t look out of place, his fitness levels look really good – so definitely good to have him back.”
Moving on to talk about Huddersfield and how they will shape up this weekend, Orr was full of praise for his opposite number and how they continue to put pressure on their opponents.
“I don’t think we fear anybody. We know we’re coming up against a team that’s consistent in what they do, they complete their sets higher than anybody in the league. They get to a lot of kicks, they’ve got more repeat sets than anybody in the league, so they end their sets well, put you under pressure, and try and camp down at your end of the field.”
“It’ll be a tough game. We’ve played them twice this year and it’s 2-0 to them, so we want to try and get one back on them and I’m confident we can do that if we play well.”