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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||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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