Coach wants Sal­ford to con­tinue run af­ter mak­ing Gi­ant strides

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - RUGBY LEAGUE By TOM BRAMWELL

IAN Wat­son will be hop­ing his Sal­ford side can build on last week’s vic­tory over Hud­der­s­field as they look to fin­ish the Betfred Su­per League sea­son as strongly as pos­si­ble.

It is not yet math­e­mat­i­cally im­pos­si­ble for the Red Devils to make the play-off semi­fi­nals and book a po­ten­tial Grand Fi­nal date at Old Traf­ford, but the for­mer Swin­ton Lions boss is not con­cern­ing him­self with what may lie ahead.

“We have just got to worry about our­selves,” said Wat­son. “The ta­ble will look af­ter it­self.

“We have been fo­cus­ing on us rather than wor­ry­ing about chas­ing a Grand Fi­nal. We will take each step as it comes.“

The 52-14 thrash­ing of Hud­der­s­field at the AJ Bell Sta­dium last week­end brought an end to a run of eight suc­ces­sive de­feats, with Wat­son ad­mit­ting it was the best per­for­mance he had seen from his play­ers ‘for some time’.

“This has been a real tough pe­riod for us with a num­ber of losses but I’ve al­ways said we’d learn things as a group be­cause the Su­per 8s has been a new ex­pe­ri­ence for us.

“Some of the young lads like Jake Bibby and Ryan Lan­non did re­ally well, and as a team and a club we will do bet­ter for this ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing for­ward.”

Both Bibby and Lan­non keep their places in Wat­son’s 19-man squad for the trip to Head­in­g­ley tonight, where they will face off against sec­ond-placed Leeds.

Gareth O’Brien part­nered Rob Lui in the halves against Hud­der­s­field and the pair are again set to steer their team around, with Niall Evalds likely to keep the num­ber one jer­sey.

Ge­orge Grif­fin re­turns from in­jury and Daniel Mur­ray is in line to make his first ap­pear­ance since the de­feat at Castle­ford early last month.

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