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Still plenty of rugby: Alan Hunte plays down Huddersfield win, warning Salford City Reds have long way to go

By Matt Simpson

Salford City Reds interim head coach Alan Hunte is not getting carried away after his side inflicted a second consecutive defeat on high-flying Huddersfield Giants.

Lee Gaskell, Jodie Broughton, Ashley Gibson and Jordan James tries put the Reds in a strong position but the Giants replied with four tries before Marc Sneyd’s one-pointer sealed the win.

Hunte – who claimed his first win in charge of Salford – was delighted with the result, but admitted there was plenty of rugby still to play.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do and we’ve got to be able to compete like this week in week out,” he said.

“We’ve still got 18 games to go. We just go into the next game on the back of two points because it’s better than coming off the back of no points.

“It’s just one round, but it is one round we can build on.”

Debutant Gaskell made an instant impact after four minutes, breaking through Huddersfield’s defence from 40 metres out, before Sneyd converted to get Salford off to a perfect start.

Salford took advantage of an ill-disciplined Giants display as a repeated set of six allowed Jodie Broughton to finish out wide on 17 minutes but Sneyd’s kick hit the woodwork.

But the Giants hit back with tries from Lunt and McGillvary – on 22 and 37 minutes respectively – sandwiching another Reds score from top-scorer Gibson after 28 minutes.

Only one of the three resulting kicks was landed – by Brough – leaving the half-time gap at four points, but only four minutes into the second-half, James and Sneyd increased it to ten.

However Huddersfield were level after 58 minutes when Kopczak and Brough – converting his own kick – touched down within a minute of each other.

Sneyd then secured only Salford’s second win of the Super League season so far coolly slotting over a drop goal with eight minutes remaining.

And Hunte, understandably worried when the Giants levelled the match, was pleased with the resilience they showed against one of the league’s top teams.

“That was the turning point in the game, because in the past that’s where we’ve been deflated,” he said.

“But we bounced back from that and showed a bit of resilience defensively and stayed in the game.

“Our earlier showings this season, we were out of the game by half-time. We want to be able to compete and hang in there.

“If you do that you give yourself a chance. We got the result today and a deserved one.”

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