Ian Watson: St Helens taught us a lesson

Salford coach Ian Watson admitted his side were taught a lesson by champions St Helens on Friday night.

The Red Devils were hammered 48-8 by Saints in a rematch of last season’s Super League Grand Final.

Watson said: “It was way below any standard we want to set as a team, that’s putting it mildly.

“They taught us a lesson on how to play the game. They did the basics really well, they ran hard and tackled hard.

“30-odd points is a bit of a lesson but when the score blows out to 40 or 50, it starts to get embarrassing.

“There were some positives. We had three good sets in the first half and probably should have scored from all three.

“We’ll be fine as a group going forward, we just need to learn the lessons St Helens have taught us today.”



Salford host Super League newcomers Toronto at the AJ Bell Stadium next Saturday, 2pm kick-off.

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  1. Interesting how one player was pulled up quite quickly for not playing the ball correctly minutes into the game, then others followed no penalty, if I had been a Salford player last night I would have been fed up with the constant Saints slowing the play the ball down, big prop dropping on his two fellow players after the tackle was made, and the number of times players put their hands on the neck of the player on the floor, but the referee did not seem to see it?? I gave up at half time and watched Netflix! glad I did with the score line.

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