“If the Premier League was this tight, everyone would go nuts”

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Salford coach Ian Watson thinks people need to start being a lot more positive about Super League.

The Red Devils beat Warrington 22-6 on Thursday to complete a six-match winning streak for the first time in the top-flight in 40 years.

Salford, Warrington, Wigan and Hull are now joint second on 30 points in the table and Watson has lauded this year’s Super League competition because of how tense it is at both halves of the table.

He said: “It’s a great competition at the moment and we should probably be a lot more positive about it.

“There are people questioning the structure of it but if I was Robert Elstone [Super League chief executive] then I’d be banging the drum about how tight the competition is at the moment.

“If this was the Premier League, everyone would be going nuts about how tight it is at the top and how tight it is at the bottom so I think the product is doing the work at the moment.”

Watson held back from saying Salford believed they could make the Grand Final, but he insists his side are up for taking anyone on.

He added: “It has taken us a while to change the environment at Salford.

“We’ve got more winners and competitors and that is key for us going forward. They help us in these big games and they fire us up.

“We don’t fear anyone in the competition but we probably lacked a bit of belief earlier on in the season.

“We knew we had a good team but it was just about whether we could keep everyone injury free because of how small our squad was. We knew we had a squad who could compete as long as we kept them healthy.”

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Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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