11 men of Salford survive Wolfpack fight back

Salford all but ensured they will be playing Super league next season with a 28-16 win over Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack at the weekend despite finishing the game with 11 men. In a match that was short on entertainment the Red Devils outclassed their opponents in the first half opening up a 20-0 half time lead thanks to tries from Ed Chamberlain, Robert Lui and Jackson Hastings. The second half saw Toronto take advantage of Luke Burgess’s early dismissal and Adam Sidlow, Matty Russell and Andy Ackers all scored to pull the visitors to within 4 points of the hosts, but a converted Ryan Lannon try and another penalty goal from Chamberlain ensured Salford remain unbeaten in the middle 8’s. The game did end on a sour note as Salford’s half back Hastings produced a nasty shot on former Red Devil Gareth O’Brien in the final minute which saw him sent off and with only a few games remaining he possible could have played his last game for the club.
Bottom of the table part timers Halifax produced an outstanding second half fight back against Super league side Hull KR coming back from 24 -0 down at the break to push their opponents all the way, with Hull Kr needing 2 late tries to eventually take the points with a 38-24 victory.
Starring for the rovers was Craig Hall who continued his outstanding form on the Wing with another 4 tries and 4 goals to take his match tally to 24 points, while Greenwood, Atkin and Shaun Lunt also crossed for the home side. The Championship part timers did claw their way back into the game with a double from Saltonstall along side tries from Fleming and Sharp, but it was just not enough as Rovers full time fitness and experience pulled them clear at the end. The win did come at a cost as Justin Carney may have played his last game for the club after suffering an ankle injury. The giant winger has recently announced he is returning to Australia at the end of the year, whilst livewire fullback Adam Quinlan may be out for 10 months injuring his knee, with Hull KR’s medical staff fearing it may be ACL damage.
French side Toulouse’s aspirations of playing in super league took a knock after going down 34-8 to the London Bronco’s in the capital this weekend. London’s first half performance was to much for the French side as they stormed into a 26-4 halftime lead. The French men did pull themselves back into the game in the second half, but by then the damage was done.
The final game of the weekend saw Super league side Widnes Vikings all but confirm they will be playing Championship rugby next season after letting slip a 6-4 half time advantage over fellow super league strugglers Leeds Rhinos, the former champions went on to score two second half converted tries from Matt Purcell and Ritchie Myler to take the points and take Leeds to within two points of Super League safety.
The result now means that Widnes are joint bottom with Halifax on zero points and defeat when the two play next week would mean Widnes will be relegated to the Championship for the 2019 season at least.

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