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Super League: Salford Red Devils 42-24 Catalans Dragons

Super League: Salford Red Devils 42-24 Catalans Dragons

Krisnan Inu kicked all seven of his goals as well as crossing for his hat-trick as Salford beat Catalans
Krisnan Inu kicked all seven of his attempts at goal as well as crossing for his hat-trick as Salford beat Catalans
Salford (6) 42
Tries: Inu 3, Williams, Lolohea 2, Watkins Goals: Inu 7
Catalans (18) 24
Tries: Seguier, Davies, Kasiano, Mead Goals: Maloney 4

Krisnan Inu scored a hat-trick of tries as Salford Red Devils overturned a 12-point half-time deficit to beat Catalans Dragons in Super League.

Paul Seguier and Tom Davies crossed as the French club took control early on before Inu hit back for Salford.

Sam Kasiano pounced to extend Catalans’ lead but Rhys Williams touched down for the Red Devils soon after the restart.

Inu, Tui Lolohea and Kallum Watkins were key to Salford’s transformation, with Inu adding his third late on.

They move up a place to eighth in the table thanks to the victory, their seventh in Super League this season.

Catalans, playing their first game since 9 October after having three games postponed due to Covid-19, remain in fourth position despite the defeat.

Salford made swift work of overturning their first-half deficit as they scored three tries in 11 minutes after the restart to power into the lead.

That advantage was extended by Watkins’ 54th-minute score as Salford went from 12 points down to 12 points in front.

David Mead’s late try for Catalans was a rare positive moment in a sobering second half for the French side, who were well beaten on their league return.

Salford coach Ian Watson:

“I think the boys were ruthless today. Once we got in front, we put the foot down.

“We had to bounce back from the Wigan game because that was not good enough and I think we’ve responded the right way in the last two weeks.

“I think Jack Ormondroyd was sensational, doing 80 minutes after Covid. He’s done a great job there.

“We’d love to sneak in [to the play-offs] and we would back ourselves to have a real good shot at it.”

Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara:

“We set the game up for ourselves and to fall off to that level was alarming.

“It’s hugely disappointing and frustrating for us. We got a reasonable lead but just never got started in the second half and they ran us ragged.

“The lay-off is no excuse, there was clearly a lot wrong with us in the second half and we have to work out why that happened.”

Salford: Welham, Sarginson, Inu, Lolohea, Mossop, Lussick, Pauli, Burke, Yates, Atkin, Williams, Ormondroyd, Watkins.

Interchanges: Dudson, McCarthy, Ikahihifo, Ackers.

Catalans: Mead, Langi, Folau, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, Casty, McIlorum, Moa, Garcia, Davies, Jullien, Seguier.

Interchanges: Bousquet, Goudemand, Mourgue, Kasiano.


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