Sal­ford are not safe yet, in­sists Wat­son af­ter win over Toronto

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

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.

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