‘Big occasion’: Salford City Reds winger Jodie Broughton eyes up French trip to kick-start season

By Mark Shales

A weekend trip to the south of France could be just what Salford City Reds need to kick-start their season, according to winger Jodie Broughton.

The Reds face Catalan Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday, a week after their humiliating 42-0 round one defeat to Wigan Warriors.

The club brought in seven new players following their recent takeover and Broughton admitted it will take some time for the squad to properly gel together.

“Catalan are a massive physical team, they’re very strong, very powerful,” he told MM.

“It’s a big occasion for the boys though – everyone loves going down there. It’s a beautiful place and it’s an exciting game.

“Usually the lads like to go down there in the summer because of the weather and what have you but it’ll be exciting.

“I’ve also found myself having quite a bit of joy in Catalan. I’ve scored quite a few tries playing down there.

“But it’s just a matter of sticking to the game plan which is put in place and hopefully we can get a result.”

Salford have only won twice in their last five cross-channel visits – the Dragons putting 40 past them at the Stade Gilbert Brutus last March.

But it was the Reds who came out on top when the sides last met – Broughton twice touching down in a 34-30 win on home turf.

Catalan only lost twice in France throughout the whole of the last year’s regular season, but Reds captain Stephen Wild hopes his side will be able to pull off a few surprises.

“No one’s really given us a chance this year so maybe we can sneak under the radar and get a few scalps,” he told MM.

“There’s never a good time to go to Catalan though, it’s always a tough trip

“They’re a big side but again it’s going to be a lot of experience for the young kids.”

Picture courtesy of Gerard Barrau, with thanks.

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