Salford City Reds host Hull FC tonight as they look to build on their excellent performance in last weekend’s win over Widnes Vikings.
The Reds will hope they can reproduce a similarly dynamic attacking display which saw them brush aside the Super League returnees 38-18.
The Reds ran in six first-half tries in a blistering start which saw them lead 32-6 at the break. However, much to the disappointment of head coach Phil Veivers, concentration and performance levels dropped in the second period for the second-successive week.
Iafeta Palea’asina’s try was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing half.
Veivers said: “I thought we played some really good, enterprising stuff in the first 40 minutes.
“The players understand how frustrated I was in the second half. Two weeks in a row now we’ve come up with two disappointing 40 minutes so we need to improve on that.”
Salford will certainly need to buck that trend if they want to come away with anything against a talented Hull side.
Despite the closeness of the scoreline, Hull FC were more than comfortable winners against the London Broncos, with the Black and Whites eventually running out 22-14 winners despite finishing the game with only 12 men.
Prop Sam Moa was controversially shown a red card in the 61st minute after his shoulder charge on Julian Rinaldi knocked the Broncos hooker unconscious. The Tongan will now be banned for tonight’s trip to the Salford City Stadium.
Hull coach Peter Gentle was disappointed with the referee’s call and felt that playing late on the Sunday played a big part in the decision to dismiss Moa.
He said: “I think the decision was an over-reaction - in the games I have seen over the weekend, there were plenty of opportunities for players to be sent off."
“That’s the problem being the last game at the weekend, you bear the brunt of what has happened previously.”
Influential loose-forward Joe Westerman will also be missing for the trip over the Pennines. The 22 year-old suffered a nasty shoulder dislocation against the Broncos which is likely to keep him out for several months.
Salford coach Veivers will be without experienced forward Vinnie Anderson after the New Zealander was forced off last weekend with a hyper-extended elbow.
Long term absentees Wayne Godwin and Joel Moon will again be missing with prop Ryan Boyle brought into the 19-man matchday squad to replace Anderson. The only other change sees second-row Matty Ashurst return to the 19 in place of Ben Gledhill after the ex-St. Helen’s man missed last weeks win over Widnes.
It will certainly be a tough test against the unbeaten Black and Whites with tickets for tonight’s clash still available from the Stadium Booking Office or over the phone on 0844 888 0200.