Salford v Catalan, Super League round 15
Salford picked up where they left off at Magic Weekend tonight.
In a game that meant so much to the people of Salford, as well as Manchester after Monday’s atrocities at the Manchester Arena.
Displaying a banner pre game that declared “Two cities United as one”, it was the home team, looking to overturn a 36-6 defeat last month in the South of France who took an early lead, thanks to Catalan player Remi Casty being sin binned for a high tackle in the 4th minute, only for the player he tackled, Gareth O’Brien to score less than 20 seconds later.
The home side would dominate the first half, scoring seemingly at will with first Josh Jones scoring, and then, in the 22nd minute, during a round of applause for the 22 who lost their lives, Salfords 22, Kris Welham scored to make it 18-0, despite them having debutant James Hasson sent to the sin bin themselves, with Michael Dobson missing one of his chances to add the conversion.
It was 28-0 by the break, as Ryan Lannon went over to extend the lead.
All in all, it was a clinical performance from Salford, who went on to rack up 50 points in front of just under 5000 fans, all of whom had been given their tickets free, in exchange for a donation to the Manchester bombing victims fund, a huge gesture from owner Dr Marwan Koukash.
After the break, it didnt take Salford long to extend their lead, when Kriss Brinning dived over from close range with less than 120 seconds of the half gone.
It wasn’t to be until the 49th minute that the visitors would trouble the scoreboard.
Vincent Duport with the try, Luke Walsh adding the extras to make the scoreline 34-6.
Then, the moment that appeared to break the hearts of the visitors, as Rob Lui intercepted a loose pat back in the 54th minute and raced 80m to score.
Dobson accurate with the boot again from the sideline.
After that, it was again all Salford as first Olsi Krasniqi scored, then, Ben Murdoch-Masila, on for the injured Josh Jones, raced 60m to set up a platform that allowed Mark Flanagan to score, Dobson missing his second of the night, and the scoreline was 50-6.
The visitors did get a consolation try in the final minute, thanks to Fouad Yaha, Walsh again kicking the points to leave the final score 50-12.
Salford Devils head coach Ian Watson:
Catalan coaches, Michael Mognahan and Jerome Guisset:
Salford; Gareth O’Brien, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones, Niall Evalds, Rob Lui, Michael Dobson, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, James Hasson (debut), Ben Murdoch-Masila, Weller Hauraki, Olsi Krasniqi, Kriss Brining, Craig Kopczak, Ryan Lannon, Mark Flanagan
Catalan; Tony Gigot, Iain Thornley, Kristian Inu, William Brayden, Fouad Yaha, Luke Walsh, Richie Myler, Sam Moa, Alrix Da-Costa, Mickael Simon, Julien Busquet, Remi Casty, Jordan Dezaria, Vincent DuPort, Ugo Perez, Lucas Albert, Paul Segiur