Super League: Salford hammer Catalans Dragons to shake up play-off race

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The loss for Catalans Dragons means they have been beaten in four of their last five outings; Meanwhile, the Red Devils have won four of their last five as the race for a Super League play-off spot heats up

Last Updated: 20/08/22 8:23pm

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Highlights of the Super League clash between the Catalans Dragons and the Salford Red Devils

Highlights of the Super League clash between the Catalans Dragons and the Salford Red Devils

Salford roasted Catalans Dragons in Perpignan with a 46-14 romp to blow the race to Old Trafford wide open.

Salford’s incredible resurgence under coach Paul Rowley this season continued with a slick attacking performance and ferocious defence which defied the extreme heat and searing sunshine in the south of France.

The Red Devils were only able to name a 19-man provisional squad for this game because of injuries, while Catalans too were missing full-back Sam Tomkins (knee) and stand-off Mitchell Pearce (calf) but benefitted from the return of captain Ben Garcia.

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Story of the match

It was all Salford in the first half but Catalans winger Tom Davies was first to cross the line in the seventh minute after Josh Drinkwater and Tyrone May spun the ball to the right corner, Arthur Mourgue unable to convert from the touchline.

But Salford hit back with some slick attacking co-ordinated by scrum-half Marc Sneyd to force two goal-line drop-outs by the Dragons and Sneyd made it pay with an elusive 25-metre strike, brushing through three tackles to score in the 16th minute and converting to put the Red Devils in front.

Then stand-off Brodie Croft continued his stunning recent streak with a simple collect from 30 metres out to stroll between the posts untouched, Sneyd again on target to make it 12-4 midway through the first half.

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Two minutes later Kallum Watkins was next over the line for the Red Devils after centre Deon Cross skipped through the Dragons’ defence and released his second-rower on a 20-metre sprint over the line, Sneyd’s conversion pushing Salford ahead 18-4.

A Mourgue grubber forced Salford to drop-out from between their own posts in the 28th minute and Catalans spun the ball right for May to hold off a tackler and put Davies in for his second try, Mourgue again off-target with his attempted conversion.

But Catalans could do little more to prevent the visitors from holding on to an 18-8 half-time lead.

And Salford went further ahead early in the second half when a dynamic burst by hooker Andy Ackers sent Watkins racing 40 metres for his second try, converted by Sneyd for 24-8.

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Things got worse for Catalans when they lost full-back Mourgue with an apparent ankle injury and even worse when Ken Sio stepped around his opposite number Davies to score in the left corner in the 52nd minute.

When Samisoni Langi was sin-binned in the 60th minute for holding down Tim Lafai in the tackle, the gaps were there for full-back Ryan Brierley to chip through for Chris Atkin to collect and score, Brierley on target again with the conversion to push Salford 34-8 ahead.

Then Croft broke through midfield and released Brierley for a sprint under the posts and Salford had 40 points on the board.

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Garcia managed a consolation try for the Dragons with eight minutes left but it was too little, too late for Catalans who had been outplayed from start to finish.

It was only fitting that Salford finished the scoring with Cross going over in the final minute, Sneyd converting for 46-14.

What’s Next?

Toulouse vs Catalans Dragons

August 25, 2022, 7:00pm

Live on

It is the French derby up next for the Dragons as they travel to face Toulouse on Thursday and you can watch the big clash live on Sky Sports Arena from 7.30pm. For Salford, a visit from a battling Hull FC side is next in store, with kick-off at 7.45pm on the same day.

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