Salford seek play-off place
Play-off outsiders Salford City Reds enter the last-chance saloon when they take on Stobart Super League’s bottom club London Broncos at the Twickenham Stoop tomorrow.
The City Reds looked to have blown their top-eight chances after crashing to a 46-8 home defeat by Widnes Vikings a fortnight ago but they were handed a lifeline when Bradford Bulls were docked six points for going into administration.
Phil Veivers’ men were unable to capitalise on their good fortune when they went down at Hull FC last Sunday but victory over the Londoners would edge them in front of the Bulls into ninth place with four games left of the regular season.
“It’s been pretty frustrating the last two weeks,” Veivers said. “If you put another four points in there, it’s a different kettle of fish.
“All we can do is concentrate on the next game and that is London who are a very dangerous team.”
The Broncos are still waiting for their first win under caretaker coach Tony Rea but they pushed Catalan Dragons all the way in Perpignan last Saturday.
Rea is considering a recall for Australian stand-off Michael Witt but it is the Londoners’ big pack that pose the biggest threat to Salford, according to Veivers.
“(Antonio) Kaufusi is not very small, neither are (Scott) Wheeldon and (Mark) Bryant,” he said. “They are pretty big units.
“They have also got a skilful back rower in (Chris) Bailey, crafty half-backs and pace on the wings. There are definite threats right across the board.”
Veivers maintains that veteran half-back Sean Long will not make his comeback tomorrow after aggravating a thumb injury in training but he is keeping his remaining options to himself if Marc Sneyd fails to recover from an ankle injury sustained in the defeat at Hull.
Salford are looking to complete their first double of the season following their 44-12 win over the Broncos in March but Rea is confident he can guide his side to an elusive victory.
“The team knows the effort levels required for this very important game,” he said.
“We’ll be looking to be better each day and raise our performance standards to a level that we know is inside us.”