Salford Red Devils 32-16 Catalans Dragons

Friday 30th March 2018
KO: 12:00 - Round: 8

32-16 FT

HT: 12 4

Official: G Hewer

Venue: AJ Bell Stadium

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Niall Evalds, Greg Johnson, Kris Welham, Jake Bibby, Josh Jones,

  • Goals
    Rob Lui (6),

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Fouad Yaha (2), Greg Bird,

  • Goals
    Tony Gigot (2),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Salford Red Devils continued their impressive home form with a convincing 32-16 victory over struggling Catalans Dragons.

Robert Lui had a perfect record with the boot - kicking 12 points from six attempts - as the Red Devils ran in five tries to Catalans' three to record their third win in four matches at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Jake Bibby opened the scoring after 10 minutes after good work from Niall Evalds before the full-back turned from provider to scorer to cross under the posts to move 12-0 ahead.

Fouad Yaha touched down in the corner to reduce the deficit to 12-4 for the Dragons after Weller Hauraki was sin-binned for the hosts, but winger Greg Johnson put Salford 14 points clear when he dotted down unopposed.

Yaha scored a 95-metre interception try to cut the gap once more, only for Lui to add a penalty as Salford led 20-10 before Josh Jones and Kris Welham crossed to put the home side out of sight, with Greg Bird scoring a solo consolation effort late on.

Dragons head coach Steve McNamara said: “Credit to Salford, they proved to be tough to beat but we beat ourselves today. Penalties and handling errors are killing us at the moment. We’re not in the best run of form at the moment but we’re suffering from some basic errors like catching and passing the ball.

“We know it’s not a case of sweeping everything out and starting again, we’re not too far away from turning things around. In situations like this, it’s easy to think that we’re a long way away from getting some points on the board but I genuinely think we’re not

“We have to look at ourselves, the game is too difficult without giving ourselves further challenges like giving away penalties straight after tries.”

Salford boss Ian Watson said: "It was a really good, professional performance. We knew that they would come over here and challenge our middles so I’m really pleased that our pack stood up to the challenge.

"We had four players laid up earlier in the week, so for us to come out with a win in that game was a big result for us.

"With the short turn around on Monday we may make changes and though they will want to play on Monday, we may take the decision out of their hands and rest them ahead of Warrington next week."

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 78: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Greg Bird
  • 74: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 73: TRY! scored for Salford by Kris Welham
  • 69: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 68: TRY! scored for Salford by Josh Jones
  • 66: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 60: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 59: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Fouad Yaha
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 51: TRY! scored for Salford by Greg Johnson
  • 26: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Fouad Yaha
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 11: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 8: TRY! scored for Salford by Jake Bibby
  • Key Performers

    Fouad Yaha

    Metres 171
    8 8

    Jodie Broughton

    Metres 159
    8 8

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Salford Red Devils 5
    Catalans Dragons 3

    Goals:

    Salford Red Devils 6
    Catalans Dragons 2

    METRES:

    Salford Red Devils 1239
    Catalans Dragons 1211

    CARRIES:

    Salford Red Devils 191
    Catalans Dragons 161

    TACKLES:

    Salford Red Devils 316
    Catalans Dragons 361

    OFFLOADS:

    Salford Red Devils 9
    Catalans Dragons 11

    PENALTIES:

    Salford Red Devils 7
    Catalans Dragons 12

    BREAKS:

    Salford Red Devils 7
    Catalans Dragons 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joshua Jones 1 0 23 6 1 5 1 17 101 5.94 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Johnson 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 9 48 5.33 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kris Welham 1 0 20 3 7 3 0 8 24 3.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Bibby 1 0 8 0 1 5 0 10 88 8.80 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Niall Evalds 1 2 11 0 1 5 1 12 132 11.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Ben Nakubuwai 0 0 24 4 1 0 0 9 80 8.89 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Burgess 0 0 17 5 0 0 0 15 90 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Lama Tasi 0 0 16 0 1 2 0 9 33 3.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jack Littlejohn 0 0 11 1 2 1 0 2 11 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Flanagan 0 1 27 5 0 2 0 16 83 5.19 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 32 3 4 3 0 12 50 4.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Lee Mossop 0 0 24 2 2 3 0 15 93 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 33 3 4 0 0 6 43 7.17 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 15 2 2 0 0 17 128 7.53 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Josh Wood 0 0 13 0 2 1 0 8 66 8.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Robert Lui 0 2 21 3 0 7 6 12 75 6.25 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 1
    Junior Sau 0 0 18 2 1 2 0 14 94 6.71 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Fouad Yaha 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 12 171 14.25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Bird 1 0 20 3 8 5 0 13 96 7.38 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Brayden Wiliame 0 0 11 1 1 3 0 12 84 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    David Mead 0 0 20 3 1 2 0 9 62 6.89 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 7 49 7.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jodie Broughton 0 0 2 1 2 6 0 18 159 8.83 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Gigot 0 1 19 2 3 1 7 4 14 3.50 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 1
    Samisoni Langi 0 1 14 1 7 1 4 12 52 4.33 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Remi Casty 0 0 34 5 3 3 0 6 45 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Michael McIlorum 0 0 26 3 2 0 2 6 41 6.83 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Sam Moa 0 0 30 5 6 0 0 6 34 5.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 19 3 0 2 0 10 63 6.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 46 13 2 0 0 8 51 6.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Paul Aiton 0 0 26 5 0 1 0 3 21 7.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 26 6 3 0 0 14 126 9.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Mickael Simon 0 0 22 6 1 2 0 12 101 8.42 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Benjamin Jullien 0 0 37 6 1 1 1 9 42 4.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties