An Early Four-Pointer?
The structure of the Betfred Super League is such that there aren’t really any relegation four-pointers, which is a shame particularly for fans of misleading and contrived cliché. Yet Salford’s visit to Huddersfield this Thursday night (February 16) looks like the sort of clash that might come close to falling into this still insisted upon category. Both missed out on the Super 8’s in 2016 for various reasons and both are among those sides expected to find life difficult again this time around.
The Giants started with a win at what looks like a significantly weaker Widnes Vikings side in Round One, while the Red Devils downed tools for the first half of their home clash with Wigan Warriors before turning a 26-0 deficit into an altogether more respectable 26-16 loss. But no points is no points, and so Ian Watson’s side will be desperate to get their first win of the new season at the John Smith’s Stadium.
It’s very early days, but both will be encouraged by the fact that they led all other Super League sides in terms of metres gained after their first outings, and only Castleford made more clean breaks than either the Giants or the Red Devils. Yet troubling for Salford will be the fact that only Saints and Wakefield missed more tackles during their first assignments, while only Wakefield and Hull completed fewer offloads in their attritional season opener.
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