The Red Devils suffered a disappointing 18-43 defeat against Wakefield on Friday night which means they now sit four points behind Trinity in 4th position.
Craig Kopczak and Greg Johnson scored but a first half double from Jacob Miller, a try from Joe Arundal and two Liam Finn penalty goals meant Wakefield led at half-time. Finn continued kicking two penalty goals in the second half before debutant Tyler Randall notched a brace alongside a try from Bill Tupou to confirm victory for the visitors. Tyrone McCarthy grabbed a late consolation for Salford.
The loss means the Red Devils currently sit 7th in the Super League Super 8s and trail Wakefield in 4th by four points, Wigan in 5th by three and Saints in 6th in by one. They do still sit one point above Huddersfield who they welcome to the The Salford Stadium next Saturday.
Salford’s opponents next weekend Huddersfield fell to a 16-24 defeat against League Leaders Shield winners Castleford. The Giants led at half-time thanks to tries from Oliver Roberts and Paul Clough cancelled out Jake Webster’s early try. But, Luke Gale, Ben Roberts and Greg Eden all crossed in the second half to win the game for the visitors. Darnell McIntosh scored late on for Huddersfield.
Brian McDermott’s Leeds Rhinos strengthened their grip on 2nd place and the chance of a home semi-final with a home win against 3rd place Hull FC on Thursday night. The Rhinos had seven different try-scorers with Rob Burrow, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Mitch Garbutt, Adam Cuthbertson and Matt Parcell all getting on the scoresheet. FC had four scorers of their own with Steve Michaels, Scott Taylor, Danny Washbrook and Josh Bowden all going over.
Wigan continued their late push for a top four spot denting arch rivals St Helens’ hopes in the process with a 18-26 victory at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Oliver Gildart scored two tries in the opening seven minutes before Anthony Gelling and George Williams added to the Warriors account. Ben Barba scored on his St Helens debut alongside Zeb Taia and Tommy Makinson but it wasn’t enough for Justin Holbrook’s men.
Wigan now trail Wakefield by just one point while St Helens are two points outside the top four. Hull FC are now just one point ahead Trinity and two above Wigan who they face next weekend.
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