“We don’t doubt ourselves” – Paul Rowley

“We don’t doubt ourselves” – Paul Rowley

by | Apr 25, 2022

Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley believes his side can take confidence from a brave performance, despite falling to a late 30-26 defeat against Wigan Warriors in Round 10 of the Betfred Super League.

After a back and forth 80 minutes at the DW Stadium, only Jai Field’s late strike separated the two teams. Throughout the match, the Red Devils showed immense grit and determination to keep out what looked like certain Wigan tries. Field may have won the game for the Cherry and Whites, but Salford were able to restrict the equally dangerous Bevan French all afternoon.

Going forward, the visitors were able to show their attacking flair. An expertly worked move from right to left allowed Ryan Brierley to dummy his man and set up Matt Costello for a try in the first 40, while Ken Sio also added to his tally with a trademark lung-bursting run.

Speaking to the press directly after his side’s heartbreaking defeat, Paul Rowley was quick to praise his group for their display, but believes this spirit is what he sees every week.

“We’ll take confidence out of it, but we’re never short on confidence anyway. We’re a good group, we don’t doubt ourselves, we are stuck on task week in, week out and we will do for the entire season.

“We won’t waver, we’re nowhere near cracking as a group, nowhere near cracking as a coaching staff – we’ll drive forward every time, that’s just us and our mentality. But coming away from it – apart from confidence – if someone could dish us some energy that would be great!”

The Red Devils’ head coach also went on to discuss some individual performances and re-enforced the effort the group has had to put into such a demanding schedule, with a trip to St Helens still to come on Friday evening.

“Well, he looks international (Watkins), he is an international, so brilliant really. As was, in the first half, Brodie Croft and Ryan Brierley – I thought they were outstanding.

“As a group, we were really good in most things that we did. Obviously, there were just some moments where we got it wrong, but a lot of our cap was sat on the sidelines, so you kick yourself and wonder what if.”

Attention will now turn to that meeting with St Helens – who are sitting top of the Betfred Super League – with Rowley hoping he can extract the same level of performance from his players on Friday night.

Written by: Harry Siddall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

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