Salford City Reds chase third straight win in Super League ahead of London Broncos clash

By Ben Burrows

Salford City Reds are going into their home clash with London Broncos looking for a third win in a row, tonight.

This weekend’s match comes after last week’s stunning late win over Hull FC and a comprehensive win against Widnes Vikings the weekend before.

Scrum-half Daniel Holdsworth was the hero of last week’s drama, slotting a nerve-jangling 45 metre penalty to snatch the victory 24-22 and he will again be a key performer this week as the Reds take on the winless Broncos.

Despite their current losing streak, Reds head coach is wary of the wounded Broncos.

“They’re a very good side I just think they’ve been very unlucky with the opposition they’ve come up against in the first few games. Anyone in this competition can beat anyone so we’ll go about our business as if we we’re playing Wigan or St. Helens.”

Last weekend’s dramatic victory leaves the Reds sitting pretty in the playoff places in 7th place in the Super League ladder and they will be looking to better that position this week with some tough opponents on the league schedule in the coming weeks.

Veivers has made only one change to his match day 19 with centre Joel Moon coming in for winger Jodie Broughton. Moon, is unlikely to play however, as he is still recovering from a wrist injury that has kept him out for the last two rounds. Moon is more likely to return next week for the trip to the south of France to face the Catalans Dragons but will be given until the last minute to perhaps be included in Veiver’s 17 this weekend.

Long-term absentee Wayne Godwin is still out with forwards Vinnie Anderson and Ben Gledhill again missing.

The Broncos have injury problems of their own with centre Tony Clubb missing Friday’s encounter with a dislocated jaw he picked up in their heavy home defeat to the Huddersfield Giants last week.

On a more positive note for coach Rob Powell, hooker Julian Rinaldi will return this week after being absent with a concussion he picked up in a clash with Sam Moa against Hull FC two weeks ago.

The Reds have won their last five meetings with the Londoners (as both Harlequins and Broncos), whose last victory was at the annual Magic Weekend way back in 2009.

Spirits are buoyant in the Salford camp and hopes will be high of continuing their winning form this weekend. Tickets are still available from the Stadium Booking Office or over the phone on 0844 888 0200.

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