Salford 33 – 16 Huddersfield

Ken Sio, Joe Burgess, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Brierley and Tim Lafai help Salford stay just one point behind sixth-placed Leeds as the Super League regular season reaches the home stretch; they will travel to the Catalans Dragons next Saturday in another huge clash

Last update: 08/13/22 4:09 p.m.

Salford kept their hopes of a Super League play-off place alive with a hard-earned 33-16 win over Huddersfield in intense heat at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Pau Rowley’s side took a 26-6 half-time lead with tries from Ken Sio, Joe Burgess, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Brierley and Tim Lafai but had to resist a determined fightback from Huddersfield after the pause.

Salford also had to survive 10 minutes without playmaker Brodie Croft after being shown the yellow card at half-time.

A pair of tries from Sam Hewitt and one from Chris McQueen, plus two goals from Olly Russell, kept the Giants third in the chase, but victory meant Salford were still just one point behind Leeds. sixth, in the regular season. reached the final straight.

Salford: Tries: Sio, Watkins, Burgess, Brierley, Lafai, Livett Goals: Sneyd 4 Drop-goal: Sneyd

Huddersfield: Tries: McQueen, Hewitt 2 Goals: Russell 2

Salford were without Dan Sarginson through injury but welcomed Harvey Livett and Tyler Dupree to the field. Sam Luckyley was missing from the head injury protocol.

Former Huddersfield England prop Chris Hill has started for the first time since suffering an injury early in the Challenge Cup final loss to Wigan in May.

Huddersfield had already beaten Salford twice in 2022 but they were rocked by a stunning start from the home side as they scored three tries in the opening 12 minutes.

Prolific winger Sio ran for his 23rd try of the season with just three minutes on the clock. Croft managed to get away from the first wave of Giants defenders before sending the ball straight to Deon Cross who in turn fed Sio for a try, which Marc Sneyd converted.

Former Red Devil Tui Lolohea then dropped the ball under pressure and winger Burgess recovered before sprinting 80 yards to the try line.

The pressure from the home side was relentless and they soon netted a third try. Croft kicked and Watkins hacked the ball again before winning the run for the bouncing ball, landing before Sneyd converted to make it 16-0.

Huddersfield had struggled to gain a foothold in the game, so they were grateful to their second rower McQueen, who stole the ball one-on-one from Burgess on his own 20-yard line and ran towards the corner.

But rather than signal the start of a Huddersfield fightback, Salford responded with two tries in six minutes.

Lefai (c) praises Harvey Livett for scoring Salford’s sixth try of the game

A terrific interplay between Brierley and Sio from the scrum ended with the former goalscorer in the corner after Huddersfield spat possession on their own 30-yard line.

Then a grubber kick from Sneyd was well anticipated by the rushing Lafai, who barely landed in the end zone before running out of space.

Sneyd’s conversion extended Salford’s lead to 26-4.

At the stroke of half-time, Salford were reduced to 12 men when Croft was sent to sin-bin for obstruction.

With the horn already sounded, the Giants opted to go on goal and Russell was on target.

Huddersfield capitalized on their extra man with a try eight minutes after the restart as Hewitt won the race for a kick from Theo Fages.

Despite being back to full squad, Salford conceded again in the 51st minute.

Once again it was Hewitt, who did exceptionally well to put the ball on the ground despite being on his back under pressure from two Salford defenders.

Salford struggled to find their first-half control but Sneyd sent a penalty from 40 yards out to give them a 12-point lead with 16 minutes remaining.

And they saw the game off with a drop goal from Sneyd before Livett scored his sixth try of the game.

And after?

Huddersfield return to live action on Sky Sports Arena on Thursday as they host the Castleford Tigers (7.30pm on air before the 8pm start). with Salford traveling to the Catalans Dragons next Saturday (6pm start).

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