Salford City Reds hopeful of fourth consecutive Super League win as they face Catalan Dragons in France

By Ben Burrows

Salford City Reds travel to the south of France looking for a fourth Super League win in a row tomorrow.

The Reds face Catalan Dragons on Saturday after consecutive wins over Widnes, Hull and last week against the London Broncos.

The three match winning streak is a first for over six years and sees Salford currently sitting pretty in a lofty fifth place, one above Saturday’s opponents the Dragons.

A catalyst for the Reds’ supreme form has been the influence of new assistant coach Sean Long.

Long, a rugby league legend in his playing days, is relishing his new role at the club after retiring in the summer.

“If I had to take a step back and finish altogether it would have done me in big style, but I’ve finally just now got to grips with not playing.”

Long even went as far as to say that his new coaching role is thrilling him more than his illustrious playing career.

“I’m getting now a massive buzz out of coaching and being part of the lads and going out there and giving them instructions to do.

“And when it comes off, I get a massive buzz out of that, now more so than I did when I was playing.

“I’ve got some really intelligent players in my team, Matty Smith and Daniel Holdsworth, players like that which go out and carry out whatever I say onto the field, and it’s making my job a lot easier.”

Halfback Smith and winger Jodie Broughton were this week called into Steve McNamara’s England Knights squad for this years fixtures against Ireland, Italy and Scotland later in the season.

Broughton and fellow winger Danny Williams will again miss out this weekend with Ashley Gibson also missing from an already depleted back division.

Adam Neal and Josh Veivers have been added to head coach Phil Veivers’ matchday 19 with Vinnie Anderson also returning after a spell on the sidelines.

Catalan Dragons have exhibited a strong start to the 2012 season with three wins from four games including a thrilling last gasp victory away at St. Helens which contained an early contender for try-of-the-season after the full-time hooter had blown.

Reds will have to be wary of halfbacks Thomas Bosc and Scott Dureau as well as the influential Leon Pryce who signed from St. Helens in the off season.

Despite being without several first choice backs for much of the season, the Dragons have had no problem crossing the whitewash averaging over 25 points a game so far in 2012.

The Dragons, who are many peoples dark horses for the competition are a formidable prospect at home and Reds will certainly have their hands full if they are to continue their recent winning run.

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