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Watson highlights Salford defence

10th March 2019, 11:43 by Jack Ogalbe

Salford head coach Ian Watson has highlighted the importance of his team's defence after crushing Catalans Dragons 46-0.

Watson's side ran in eight tries, with both Jake Bibby and George Griffin crossing for braces, as the Red Devils claimed their first victory in Perpignan for eight years.

The result made it four wins from six outings in 2019 and Salford are emerging as surprise early contenders for the Super 8s.

While his side's attacking play took the headlines at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, the 42-year-old was instead keen to focus on their efforts at the other end, which he felt laid the foundations for their impressive performance.

"The pleasing stuff was when we defended a number of back-to-back sets and then went down the other end and the support play was still there," he said. "We did make an error, but our defensive line got straight back in position and that just shows your team is hungry and ready to work hard for each other.

"We knew we were coming into a tough run of games but we're confident as a group that we can perform, and we'll be keeping our game plan really simple, so everybody knows their role.

"The lads deserve a lot of credit for this performance and should take the plaudits, but we’ll be back to work next week for Castleford."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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