McNamara: We’re back in the top eight race

Steve McNamara believes the battle to make the top eight will go to the wire after the Dragons’ win over Salford.

Jodie Broughton’s hat-trick secured the points for Les Dracs, a pivotal result that has moved the Dragons within two points of the eighth-placed Red Devils.

Their victory, coupled with Huddersfield’s win over Wakefield, has dragged Trinity and Salford back into the mix around the bottom four, and with plenty of action remaining, McNamara is expecting the race to go the distance.

“Salford were sitting there on ten points and they would have taken it out to 12 and we’d have been stuck on six,” he said.

“We’re all chasing Salford right now aren’t we? It puts everyone back in the mix and it’s probably a good result for a few teams sitting around us like Widnes, Hull KR and Huddersfield also.

“Hopefully we can get it done with a bit of time to go. I think it will, that’s the competition. There will be a few teams hoping to not get dragged into that as well.”

On Catalans’ performance, McNamara said: “I think the result was what really mattered for us today. In reality, where we were sat and what we needed to get out of the situation was two points out of that team. I thought we did a good enough job there to win it relatively comfortable.”