Salford get march on Centurions
SALFORD continued their preparations for the new Super League season with a 40-14 friendly victory over Leigh at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The lunchtime fixture saw the Red Devils step up in performance from last week’s win over Swinton.
Joey Lussick opened the scoring, reacting too quickly at hooker for the scrambling Centurions defence.
But Salford coughed up the restart and backed it up with a penalty to hand attacking position to the visitors. Ex-Red Devil Liam Hood capitalised, touching down despite the attentions of three defenders. Rhys Williams dived over in the corner on the back of a trademark long pass from Kevin Brown.
Brown produced another expert flick to send Ken Sio over soon after, before James Greenwood finished off an excellent team try on the stroke of half-time.
Brad Holroyd and Junior Sa’u scored back-to-back tries to cut the deficit after the break.
But the impressive Williams danced through the Leigh defence to score, before Seb Ikahihifo charged through several defenders and offloaded to Josh Johnson to stroll in.
And the Red Devils hit 40 after the final hooter as the Centurions looked to keep the ball alive, but could only find Ed Chamberlain, who raced over.
Joey Lussick opened the scoring for Salford