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Watson Hopes Salford March On

Watson Hopes Salford March On

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Salford coach Ian Watson says his side have no fear whoever they will face in their play-off semi-final after beating Castleford. The Red Devils won their Betfred Super League play-off eliminator on Thursday night 22-0 and will learn who they will meet next in the semi when St Helens take on Wigan on Friday night.

The loser of that game will have home advantage for the October 4 showdown against Salford with a place at Old Trafford up for grabs. Watson knows his side have overcome the odds this season to get this far and, after tries from Tyrone McCarthy, Jake Bibby and Jackson Hastings secured the win over the Tigers, he’s now looking forward to the next big game.

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Watson told BBC Radio Five Live: “I’m over the moon. The way we went about the game and played it – we played good wet-weather football in the first half. “I’m not nervous [about the semi-final]. I’m excited. “We all know our role and everyone sticks together. Hopefully we can turn up with a good performance next week and get there.” Cas boss Daryl Powell, meanwhile, was disappointed with his side’s display and admitted they got what they deserved.

He said: “It was a flat performance from us. It was pretty disappointing. To go 12-0 down so early in the game takes the edge off you. “We’ve shown a lot of courage and character but ultimately we’ve lacked a little bit of quality and we’ve had too many of our better players sat down watching games this year.”

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