SAINTS’ Francis Meli is expecting a “desperate” Salford when the two sides meet this Friday.
The Samoan winger says the City Reds will want to record another win as soon as possible to kick start their season.
“Salford will be desperate to win,” he said, “but we wanted to back up the performance against Warrington at home to Wakefield. Now we need to be stringing games together to be a threat later in the season. It will be a tough match.”
Meli’s fine performance against Wakefield was one of the key reasons Saints broke their home duck last Friday as he starred in a 52-18 win.
Alongside Willie Manu and Jordan Turner, he terrorised the Wildcats’ left hand side.
“It’s always nice to win at home – and let’s be honest you should be winning the majority of your home games,” Meli continued. “Saints fans are an honest bunch and it was good to repay them with a decent win.
“The left hand side has had more ball in the last couple of weeks and we have to make the most of it. I am used to adjusting to different centre partners and understanding the personnel inside you is what pre-season is about. You understand who does what as different players will ofer something different.
“In tight games when the heat is on you have to know what they are going to do. Whoever plays though, we are confident.”