Match Reaction…

Keiron Cunningham spoke about his side's start and the disruption caused by the loss of Theo Fages after the 22-14 defeat at Salford on Thursday night.

“I thought our opening 20, 25 minutes weren’t great in terms of our ruck control,” he said. “They had an edge with their carries and middle defence but credit to the players they hung on in there without being at their best.

“Theo (Fages) coming off hurt us and we had to move stuff about. It wasn’t working in attack but we had plenty of chances down their end of the field. We were a little clunky but shuffled at half time and put people in different spots.

“We flowed better in the second half and you cannot fault the effort and fight in that half. Salford are a good side and are playing some good stuff. It is always tough to come here but we overcame that early adversity to get back into the game.

“We were fighting until the end and within a chance of winning the game, but got a little panicky and unforced errors hurt us. Credit to Salford, they got the cash today.”

He added: “We got intensity in the second half and you ask the question why we don’t start like that. We knew Salford would fight and had a point to prove on their own midden. We knew they would be up for it and we let ourselves down in that opening gambit.”

Cunningham said Fages came off with a head injury and that will be assessed in the coming days.

“He’s a tough kid so for him to come off the field he must have been pretty dazed,” he concluded.


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