Super League: Salford Red Devils too strong for Catalan Dragons
Last Updated: 15/08/14 10:43pm
Rangi Chase: Pulled the strings for Salford Red Devils on Friday night
Salford maintained their slim hopes of qualifying for the Super League playoffs thanks to a 34-22 victory over Catalan Dragons at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Full-back Kevin Locke scored two tries and kicked three goals, while Junior Sau, Niall Evalds, Theo Fages and Tony Puletua also touched down as the Red Devils moved within four points of the top eight with three games left.
The visitors managed to run in four tries of their own, with Thomas Bosc adding three goals, but the hosts were in control for the vast majority of the contest.
The visitors did make the better start as Leon Pryce created the opening try for Michael Oldfield in the corner after seven minutes.
But Salford hit back with a surging run from skipper Adrian Morley before Locke took Rangi Chase's pass to go over after 11 minutes.
Locke booted the difficult conversion to fire the Red Devils 6-4 ahead and they increased the lead when Sau charged through Jason Baitieri's tackle to power over under the posts.
The Red Devils were then able to take full advantage of a high tackle by Greg Mounis on Chase to extend their lead, with Locke adding his second try on the half hour and his third conversion made it 18-4.
The lead was extended by another four points before half-time as replacement Jason Walton put Evalds over in the corner with a smart pass after Chase had sidestepped the dangerous Elliott Whitehead.
Catalan needed a score early in the second half and Mounis obliged with Bosc adding the conversion.
However, the home side were soon back on the front foot and Fages took Harrison Hansen's pass to plunge over and give Salford another 18-point cushion. Chase took over the goalkicking duties and made no mistake.
The game was well and truly killed off on the hour mark when Tony Puletua crashed over from short range, with Lama Tasi supplying the pass and Chase adding his second conversion.
The Red Devils' sterling defence will have pleased coach Iestyn Harris but Whitehead would have scored had he not dropped a pass from Louis Anderson's impressive break.
Mason Caton-Brown raced back to stop Morgan Escare - no mean feat - but Duport did manage a third try for Catalan with Bosc booting his 500th goal for the club.
Catalan finished the scoring with a late try from Ian Henderson on 100th appearance for the club, with Bosc kicking the conversion but it was little more than a consolation.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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