Betfred Super League review: Krisnan Inu stars for Salford while Hull win again

Krisnan Inu
Krisnan Inu

A review of Sunday's action in the Betfred Super League.


Results

  • Salford Red Devils 32-12 Huddersfield Giants
  • Wakefield Trinity 16-26 Hull FC

Krisnan Inu towers over Giants

Krisnan Inu scored 20 points as Salford kept their top-five hopes alive with a 32-12 win over relegation-threatened Huddersfield at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The centre scored a try and kicked eight goals as Ian Watson's side, who had trailed 12-10 with 14 minutes remaining, produced a stirring finish to leave the Giants entrenched in a battle to keep their place in Betfred Super League.

With the game seemingly in the balance, Salford forward Mark Flanagan got the game's crucial score on 66 minutes after a brilliant offload from Jackson Hastings gave him a clear sight of the tryline.

The score completely floored Huddersfield - thrashed 44-0 in their last outing by Leeds - as they conceded 14 points in the final 10 minutes.

Salford started the game looking for their fourth consecutive win and held a narrow advantage after an error-strewn and penalty-heavy first half in which the sides managed only one try apiece.

Logan Tomkins got the game's first try in the 15th minute as he spun free at dummy half to score from close range. Inu added the conversion to go with an early penalty to make it 8-0 to the Red Devils.

The visitors survived a couple of defensive scares and capitalised on a rare spell of pressure in the Salford half to score seven minutes before half-time. Darnell McIntosh was on hand to finish off in the corner after Thomas Holmes and Jacob Wardle had combined on the left edge. Oliver Russell was unable to convert but he did kick a penalty moments later.

An exciting break from Derrell Olpherts split the Giants' defence wide open but his pass to Tui Lolohea was spilled. With the first half almost over, Inu kicked a penalty from more than 40 metres out after Huddersfield were cautioned for a ball steal and the home side just about deserved their 10-6 interval lead.

The second period proved just as scrappy with numerous stoppages for injuries and chances at a premium.

Salford forward Lee Mossop was held up over the Giants' tryline before the visitors took the lead for the first time in the game in the 50th minute. Louis Senior prodded through a short kick to the Salford ingoal and Russell was quickest to react and touched down, also adding the conversion to make it 10-12.

Neat interplay between Ryan Lannon and Hastings set up the play from which Flanagan scored the game's decisive try in the 66th minute and Inu's conversion, as well as a penalty, opened up a converted-try lead and Huddersfield imploded.

With minutes remaining, Inu kicked another long-range penalty after an off-the-ball altercation and Salford completed their comeback in rousing style - adding late converted tries through Lolohea, set up by Niall Evalds' break, and Inu in the final moments.

Hull march on as Wakefield toil

Hull strengthened their Super League play-off ambitions and increased their opponents' relegation fears with a routine 26-16 win at Wakefield.

British Army winger Ratu Naulago scored two long-range tries in the Black and Whites' 15th win of the season which enabled them to climb above Wigan and alongside second-placed Warrington.

It was a far from impressive performance by the visitors but comfortably enough to beat a Trinity side in freefall.

This was their fifth defeat in a row and their 10th in their last 11 league games which leaves them just two points above bottom club London Broncos with four games left.

Wakefield, who gave debuts to Morgan Escare and Adam Tangata, led 6-0 but saw the game go away from them after conceding four tries in an 11-minute spell before half-time.

Hull's new signing Tevita Satae was forced to wait for his Super League debut, with coach Lee Radford bringing in 19-year-old prop Jack Brown for his second senior appearance.

The visitors made a slow start, Wakefield full-back Ryan Hampshire making light of Marc Sneyd's attempted tackle to score the game's opening try straight from a scrum 30 metres out.

Danny Brough's conversion made it 6-0 but Wakefield were gradually undone by Sneyd's kicking game.

His grubber bounced back off a post, enabling Jake Connor to get left winger Bureta Faraimo over for an equalising try.

Five minutes later, centre Carlos Tuimavave intercepted Hampshire's pass 30 metres from his own line and held off a spirited chase from hooker Tyler Randell to touch down in the corner and put his side in front for the first time.

Sneyd then ghosted through the Wakefield defence for a solo try after setting up the position with a second 40-20 kick of the first half and Connor got right winger Naulago sprinting over from halfway after running the ball on the last tackle.

Sneyd was wide with two of his conversion attempts, but the Black and Whites were good value for their 20-6 interval lead and they quickly added to it.

Another interception by Tuimavave, this time from Escare's careless offload, opened up space for Naulago and he wriggled free of some less-than-average tackling to sprint 70 metres for his second try.

Sneyd's third goal made it 26-6 but they failed to ram home their advantage.

Former Hull player Joe Arundel stopped the rot by scoring Trinity's second try on 53 minutes and, after Sneyd was uncharacteristically wide with a penalty attempt, Wakefield captain Jacob Miller added another six minutes from the end, touching down Hampshire's kick.

Brough rounded off the scoring with his second goal but there was little else for the home supporters to cheer.

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