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Ian Watson – "Happy to get that win under our belts"

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson was delighted with his sides dominant victory over Huddersfield and feels ‘the boys did themselves proud’.
Watson said: “We’re a good team and this period has been real tough for us and we’re happy to get that win under our belts.
“We’ve not been as good at sticking to our game plan as we were today for a while.
“The intensity with which we started the game I thought won us the energy battle with the likes of Sebastine Ikahihifo and Ukuma Ta’ai.
“They were under the pump early doors and that came to show as they came off pretty early whereas they normally do big minutes – we won that energy battle.
“The big one for us was when we conceded the try and then we pushed them in touch after the next set. That’s the sort of resilience we’ve been talking about in defence and we’ve not had that for a few weeks.”
The Red Devils ran in nine tries in a magnificent attacking display and Watson hailed his right-hand edge as well as Gareth O’Brien who started at half-back.
“We spoke about it on our right edge and executing a few things I didn’t expect us to do it so quickly after half-time though.
“Some of the young lads out there Jake Bibby and Ryan Lannon were fantastic. Young Jake was on that right-hand side and was a last-minute replacement for Greg Johnson.
“Gareth O’Brien was a smart half when he played for Warrington and I love him playing out the back with his ability but Niall Evalds has been good as well so it was well worth the risk moving Gaz into the halves.”

Flashback: Salford Red Devils 38-8 Wakefield Trinity

Despite knocking Wakefield out of the Challenge Cup the Red Devils haven’t had much luck against Trinity this season in the league however it was a different story when they visited the AJ Bell Stadium in 2016.
Salford managed to hold a slender lead at half-time but Ian Watson’s men crossed three times inside five second half minutes to inflict Wakefield’s second defeat in just nine games.
Niall Evalds opened the scoring for the Red Devils but his effort was soon cancelled out Anthony Tupou. Trinity were given two sin-bins inside the space of five minutes at the end of the first half as Danny Kirkmond was sent for ten for a blatant trip before Ben Jones-Bishop was also given a yellow card for pulling down Evalds as he chased a kick.
Salford took advantage and went into the break ahead thanks to a Ryan Lannon try, which came between the sin-bins, giving the hosts a six-point lead. But, it was a destructive second-half performance from Watson’s side which saw them end Wakefield’s four-game unbeaten run.
Mark Flanagan managed to force his way over early in the second half following the return of Kirkmond before Lannon grabbed his second of the game to put the Red Devils in the ascendancy.
The Red Devils made it three tries inside five minutes when Robert Lui crossed on the back of a neat ball from Adam Walne. Both George Griffin and Junior Sa’u found themselves on the scoresheet in the dying stages while Jones-Bishop grabbed a consolation for the visitors.
Following the victory Watson was very complimentary of double try-scorer Lannon who had broken into the team in recent weeks hailing his performance and in particular praising his ability to scare Wakefield’s bigger men with his quick feet and ability to find space.
The team that day: O’Brien, Evalds, Jones, Sa’u, Vidot; Lui, Dobson; Kopczak, Tomkins, Griffin, Murdoch-Masila, Hauraki, Flanagan. Interchanges: Lannon, Walne, Bibby, Joseph.

Ian Watson – "It will make them better players going forward"

Red Devils boss Ian Watson feels that his young players have stepped up recently and are improving every week.
Salford have struggled with injuries as of late with Mark Flanagan and Lama Tasi out for the season while others have picked up knocks but Watson is pleased with the younger squad members who’ve stepped in.
Watson said: “There are some positives to take from our recent struggles and one of those is definitely the young lads getting some game time.
“Jake Bibby, Ryan Lannon, Daniel Murray have all been great when they’ve stepped in.
“Kriss Brining is back in for us now and he made an impact off the bench against Castleford which was good.
“This experience of playing the top teams at this level of a competition is very intense and it will make them better players going forward.
“Obviously, it’s tough for us at the moment but the young guys in the team are getting their chance and improving every week and next year the squad will be a lot stronger for it.
“Look at Wakefield, for example, they struggled in the Super 8s last season but have benefitted from it this season and are real top four contenders along with ourselves and a handful of other teams.
“All of these players get experience at this level puts us in a better position when we do get more of our senior players back.
“But, the big thing is this year and what we’ve still got left to play for.
“We’ve got a chance of reaching another semi-final with a top four finish and then there’s always the chance of Old Trafford and the Grand Final if we get in that top four.”
Fans are reminded that tickets are now on sale for all Red Devils Super 8s home games against Wakefield, Huddersfield and St Helens. Tickets are also still on sale for Wigan away on Friday night. Supporters are also reminded that their season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home fixtures.

Ian Watson – "We just needed to take our opportunities"

Red Devils head coach Ian Watson is confident his side are learning lessons from the Super 8s despite falling to a 4-23 defeat at the hands of current table toppers Castleford.
Watson said: “Obviously, we’d like to be coming out of these games with victories but we are learning every week.
“Competing in the Super 8s is something we haven’t done before and we’re using this opportunity to improve and continue to grow as a side.
“We’ve got a few experience members in the side but the younger lads are really learning from this experience.
“Last weekend in the second half against Hull I was disappointed with the effort from the boys but the effort was certainly there against Castleford.
“Competing against the best sides like Castleford and Hull week in week out can only benefit us as a side.
“We actually had a lot of ball on Castleford’s line and we looked dangerous for large periods of the game which is extremely positive – we just needed to take our opportunities.
“I thought Robert Lui and Todd Carney’s partnership continued to develop and looked promising and Manu Vatuvei was brilliant again.
“We were on the end of a few tough calls in the first half particularly Manu Vatuvei’s try which got ruled out for an obstruction by Ryan Lannon.
“We are competing which is very pleasing and it’s always difficult when you’re on a bad run but we’re still confident we can push for a top four place.
“We’ve got another tough game against Wigan next weekend which will be another great test for the lads.”
Fans are reminded that tickets are now on sale for Red Devils remaining home games in the Super 8s against Wakefield, Huddersfield and St Helens. Tickets can be bought over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are also reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Ian Watson confirms squad to face Castleford Tigers

Ian Watson has confirmed his 19-man squad for the Red Devils first home game of the Super 8s against Castleford Tigers on Friday night, 8pm kick-off.
Kris Brining returns after a spell on the sidelines while Ryan Lannon is also reintroduced to the 19-man squad.
However, Michael Dobson is still recovering from a knock he picked up in the semi-final defeat against Wigan while Kris Welham and Josh Wood are also left out of this weekend’s squad.
Forwards Lama Tasi and Mark Flanagan were both ruled out for the rest of the season last week while Lee Mossop continues to recover from injury.
Tyrone McCarthy and Manu Vatuvei are both set to take to field at the AJ Bell Stadium for the first time on Friday night.

Red Devils fans can still purchase tickets for Friday’s game over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are also reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.