Salford Red Devils bounced back in style to convincingly beat Hull FC 14-60 in Round 4 of the Betfred Super League, at the MKM Stadium.
Paul Rowley’s side had been hampered by even more injury trouble during the week, with Oliver Partington and Joe Burgess the latest on the treatment table, but all 17-men contributed to a fine team performance this afternoon.
It was the hosts that opened the scoring on 3 minutes, with Jake Clifford spotting a gap on the left to squeeze between two Salford bodies and stretch over.
But from then onwards, the Red Devils took control.
A combination of Marc Sneyd and Ryan Brierley broke the FC line, with the latter stopped 10 metres out by Cam Scott. A quick play-the-ball allowed us to take advantage of the short numbers on the right, where Deon Cross was on hand to stroll over in the right corner.
One quickly became two minutes later. Following a set restart, Brodie Croft danced across the line to tee up his Aussie teammate, Shane Wright to bag his first of the season.
Croft was at it again for our next try; jinking his way through the Hull defence and slotting the supporting Brierley away to slide under the sticks.
Salford were in the groove, but the next try was caused by the brute strength of Tyler Dupree. Continuing his rich vain of form, the 23-year-old barged off multiple FC defenders and crashed over to extend our lead.
Wright was at it again just before the break. His acceleration caught the Hull defenders by surprise and there was no stopping our number 17 when he was charging towards the try-line – capping off an excellent first forty.
HALF-TIME: Hull FC 4-30 Salford Red Devils
Last week against Warrington, the Red Devils were caught out by some quick-fire tries just after the interval, but it was us who seized the initiative this time.
Croft – who was toying with the Hull defence at times – delayed his pass at just the right time for Cross to make the dart and stroll over unopposed.
Sneyd was the next on the scoresheet with a stunning, solo try. Dancing through the FC defence, our number seven left multiple bodies on the floor before diving over in front of the jubilant Salford supporters.
He then kicked the extras; one that brought up 1,000 career goals – a phenomenal achievement for a real Super League great.
It got even better shortly after. A superb team try, with Williams, Brierley and Sneyd all involved, allowed Lafai to stroll over in the left corner.
There were a pair of FC tries before the close, with Adam Swift intercepting and sprinting 80 metres and Brad Fash crashing under the posts.
But it was Salford who has the last laugh, with Lafai twisting and turning out of a challenge to stretch over.
FULL-TIME: Hull FC 14-60 Salford Red Devils
Photo credit: Steve McCormick