Watson hasn’t given up on top eight with Salford

Ian Watson has his sights firmly set on a top eight spot following Salford’s surprising 38-8 victory over Wakefield.

Their seven-try rout brought an abrupt halt to Wakefield’s run of form in a victory that would have put Salford above Wakefield in sixth had they not been deducted six points earlier in the year.

Despite that points setback, Watson is still hopeful of making the Super 8s.

“Our aim is a top-eight place with or without the six points that have been deducted,” Watson said.

“This was a good result and it’s great to back up from last week.

“We are a good and confident group and the boys are believing in their defence. We made too many errors with the ball in the first half but our middles had a point to prove after losing at Wakefield and did their job well.

“Gareth O’Brien and Michael Dobson were very good for us in the halves and Ryan Lannon gets into spaces you would not expect.

“He scares the big lads with his quick feet and we want him to back his ability with performances like that.”

A full report and reaction will be in Monday’s League Express.