Salford are not safe yet, insists Watson after win over Toronto
SALFORD RED DEVILS 28 TORONTO WOLFPACK 16 QUALIFIERS
SALFORD head coach Ian Watson says he is not convinced his side are safe from relegation despite winning their fourth game from as many matches in the Super 8s Qualifiers.
Watson saw his team race into a 20-0 half-time lead against Toronto Wolfpack but two red cards made life difficult for themselves.
The Wolfpack got within four points of the Red Devils but a late try from Ryan Lannon settled any nerves and secured a 28-16 win.
Salford sit four points clear at the top of the table with three matches remaining.
“I was really pleased,” said Watson. “We knew Toronto would approach the game with physicality but I thought we dealt with that really well. Ten points has to be the target – history has proved that. We have to make sure we get another win.”
Luke Burgess and Jackson Hastings could be looking at suspensions after they received red cards but Watson said he could not pass comment until he had seen them on video. “Jackson’s was contact with the head but Gaz (Gareth O’Brien) was going down to the floor,” he said. “I think the way he falls suggests there wasn’t aggression in the contact.
“I will have to look at it again and see what the match commission comes back with. I’m surprised he got a straight red for it.”
Toronto coach Paul Rowley felt his team gave themselves too much to do after a disappointing first-half display.
He said: “Fundamentally we were poor in the first half. Salford were better in attack and defence. The chat at half-time was very easy and we responded really well to get us back into the game. We were pretty good for 30 minutes but obviously that’s not good enough against Super League opposition.”
LUKE BURGESS: Was shown a red card and faces suspension after Salford’s victory.