Salford Red Devils have travelled to the South of France to take on Toulouse Olympique in Round 20 of the Betfred Super League.
Paul Rowley’s side are fresh from a sublime performance against Catalans Dragons at home. Despite falling behind early on, the Red Devils scored five tries and supplemented their attacking play with some resolute defending on their own try-line – particularly at the start of the second forty.
The team will want to build on their current momentum and continue their march towards a top six spot. Standing in their way this week – coached by Sylvain Houles – is Toulouse, who Salford convincingly beat at the The Salford Stadium in Round 2.
Ken Sio scored four tries on that day and powered his team towards a crucial 38-12 victory. Since then, the Red Devils have remained above Toulouse in the Betfred Super League table, but the French outfit are on a run of three consecutive victories, showing the rugby league world that they are no pushovers.
Speaking to the press before the match, head coach Paul Rowley knows how much his group will have to work if they are to bring the two points back home on Saturday evening.
He said: “They’re a good team (Toulouse). If you look at all of their results, they’ve not been easily beaten. Playing them at their own ground, we’ve got to pull off a top performance to get the result.”
Moving on to discuss potential top six hopes, Rowley was quick to remind everyone that the team is taking each game as they come, saying: “We don’t get carried away, we like a chilled environment and just take it week to week.”
Sitting just two points behind Hull KR and Hull FC – who currently occupy sixth and seventh place – a result this evening would see Salford break into the play-off positions, with the Red Devils boasting a far superior points difference.
Confidence amongst the squad is high at the moment after a run of positive results, but they will want to keep that going towards the back end of the campaign. After beating a team inside the top three last week, they will fancy themselves picking up another victory against Toulouse tonight.