Harris enjoys Salford success

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Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Salford coach Iestyn Harris says his players are starting to play with smiles on their faces after a 36-8 win over Widnes lifted them up to fourth place in Super League.

The Red Devils had seven different try-scorers, including a first for the club for Scott Taylor, as they maintained their climb away from the foot of the table, where they sat after a 52-6 home defeat by St Helens six weeks ago.

“It’s early, isn’t it, but you’d rather be fourth than 12th,” Harris said.

“We’ve some tough challenges around the corner – we’ve got Huddersfield, Wigan and Leeds in a short space of time – and it will show where we are.

“We’ve just got to try and improve each week. Our home form has been pretty good, it’s just about getting a few more on our travels.”

Salford got off to a flying start with Ben Jones-Bishop and Weller Hauraki scoring tries inside the first 12 minutes and they extended their lead to 16-0 when Greg Johnson touched down with Widnes centre Stefan Marsh in the sin-bin for a professional foul.

The injury-hit Vikings struck back with a try from Paddy Flynn and two goals from Jack Owens to halve Salford’s lead by half-time but it was largely one-way traffic after the break, with Lama Tasi, Josh Griffin, Cory Paterson and Taylor crossing the line.

“I thought we worked extremely hard for each other, better than we’ve done so far this season,” Harris added.

“They looked like they were enjoying it at the back end of the game and that’s important. You’ve got to enjoy rugby to be at your best and I thought we enjoyed it today.

“It was pleasing to be very solid defensively because that’s something we’ve been working hard on.

“I thought there some good performances from our new players. Dobbo (Michael Dobson) had his best game by far – his relationship with Rangi (Chase) is going to develop – and I thought Kevin (Locke) had his best game for the club. He wanted to get the ball in his hands and he was terrific.”

Harris was also delighted with the debut of forward Carl Forster, who joined the club from St Helens in the winter.

“It was a big day for him and he did himself proud,” Harris said. “He looked like a Super League player.”

Already without seven injured regulars, Widnes lost Flynn (hamstring) and Chris Clarkson (thumb) during the game and also suffered the effects of playing their second game in five days.

“It was a tough night at the office,” admitted coach Denis Betts. “We got got beaten across the board.

“We gave them a good start and you could see their confidence grow.

“We lost Clarkson and made a couple of changes and it just drained our energy, especially with the short turnaround. The lads looked flat in the second half.”

Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by The News Editor

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