Huddersfield 12-30 Salford: Rare away-day joy for Red Devils
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 15/04/18 9:07pm
Salford registered a first away win in the Betfred Super League for nearly 11 months after defeating Huddersfield 30-12 at the John Smith's Stadium.
Mark Flanagan and Ben Nakubuwai touched down inside the opening quarter of an hour while Weller Hauraki's second-half score and Jake Bibby's late brace clinched victory for the Red Devils.
Innes Senior and Oliver Roberts crossed for Huddersfield, who had firebrand captain Danny Brough sent off in the closing stages for dissent.
The Giants, still to win since parting company with Australian boss Rick Stone, remain one place off the bottom of the standings with only two wins from their 11 games. Salford, meanwhile, moved into the top eight at the expense of Widnes.
Their three previous victories this season had come at home and they had not won a league game on their travels since a 38-12 success at Warrington last May.
But they made a promising start to redressing the imbalance as they went in front after 12 minutes when Flanagan barged over from a penalty, awarded after Brough, restored to the team following a hip injury, went high on stand-off Robert Lui.
Three minutes later Fijian international Nakubuwai raced onto a Flanagan pass and dived between the posts. Lui added the extras to both tries to give Salford a 12-0 lead.
The Giants hit back after 23 minutes when teenage winger Senior finished off a slick handling move by the corner post for his third try in two games.
Brough's excellent touchline conversion halved Huddersfield's deficit by the interval.
Lui's third goal - a 46th-minute penalty - gave Salford a 14-6 lead and they increased their advantage five minutes later despite losing Josh Jones to a leg injury.
Penalised for holding down, Huddersfield cracked as Lui's strong run and final pass opened the door for Hauraki to register Salford's third try. Lui tagged on the extras.
Roberts touched down for Huddersfield as Salford lost Lee Mossop to a late head injury.
Lui protected his 100 per cent record from the tee with a 72nd-minute penalty.
Brough's dismissal made no difference to Huddersfield's hopes of a fightback but summed up his team's frustrations.
And they finished well beaten as winger Jake Bibby sped in at the corner for two tries in the final two minutes. Lui missed both conversions but Salford celebrated a vital victory.
Watch Hull FC against Leeds Rhinos live on Sky Sports Arena from 7.30pm on Thursday.