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Super League: Kieron Purtill says risking injured stars not worth it against Salford
Huddersfield Giants assistant coach Kieron Purtill admitted his side turned their focus to Friday's clash with Wigan at half-time of the 46-4 rout of struggling Salford.
They raced into a 28-0 lead by half-time at the John Smith's Stadium and key men Eorl Crabtree and Brett Ferres, both struggling a little with injury, were rested for the entire second period.
That didn't stop Super League leaders Huddersfield adding plenty of points, though, with Jermaine McGillvary and Jamie Cording ending the game with two tries apiece against a Reds side hit by injuries and suspension.
Purtill said: "With the scoreline the way it was we took a few precautions.
"Eorl had a tightening in his back and we looked after it. It was the same for Brett and it gave opportunities for others to get some game time.
"We didn't finish as many opportunities as we'd have like and collectively we let each other down at times.
"Salford also had nothing to lose. They had a dig and made it hard for us. But we're top of the league and so can't grumble too much."
Salford coach Brian Noble admitted his inexperienced side was second-best throughout but still found plenty of positives from their performance.
"It was a tough day at the office and clearly the best side won," said Noble.
"I was, though, particularly impressed with Jordan Walne. Giving players like this exposure to Super League is very important.
"They learn what Super League's about and what it's like to play against a top team and the level of physicality needed to compete at the top level.
"Up until this point, when we copped for injuries and suspensions, our form's been pretty good. And when we do the things we need to do, we look a good side. We want to finish the season as strongly as we can now."Rugby League Live. Click here to bet.
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||25||21|
|11||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|15:00||Bradford vs Widnes|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 11th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Warrington|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Catalan Dragons 46 - 4 London Broncos|
|Friday 29th August|
|Widnes 24 - 10 Wigan|
|Hull 28 - 0 Hull K R|
|Leeds 12 - 13 St Helens|
|Thursday 28th August|
|Warrington 24 - 24 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
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