Paul Rowley and Ian Watson in agreement after shock. . .
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In the ninth minute, Macdonald, a strapping centre, raced 80 meters after intercepting a ball from Jake Connor. In the 47th minute, his team appeared to be winning easily at 18-0 when he ducked over for a simple second for Salford, down to 12 players. Giants winger Wallis had a second half filled with errors, and it all became too much to handle.

Just before the hour, he dropped an easy Connor ball and saw a rare opportunity squandered. Salford’s players laughed heartily at that. Tim Lafai’s celebrations infuriated Wallis, and they engaged in a brief altercation. To everyone’s surprise, referee Tom Grant gave a red card for a headbutt at John Smith’s Stadium.

Replays showed Wallis, 23, barely even tilted his head. But it spurred Huddersfield on as they staged a thrilling late rally. After Red Devils’ Chris Atkin was sin-binned for a block in the 63rd minute, they blasted three tries in eight minutes at the death.

Winger Adam Swift raced in for his 16th try of the season and Tui Lolohea also crossed, Conner adding a conversion. Jake Bibby added a third in the 79th minute, Connor improving, but Paul Rowley’s side held on. Salford moved joint-top of Super League – fifth, in essence, but you won’t hear their delighted fans mentioning that.

“We scored two fantastic tries: one through brilliant defence and one through fantastic skill,” Rowley said, adding that he also witnessed forward Joe Shorrocks (knee) and hooker Joe Mellor (broken hand) go off injured. At 12-0, we took the lead with Marc Sneyd and appeared at ease. Additionally, one of our tries was disqualified due to a bad call.

I give Huddersfield credit. They returned in good condition. Things became a little crazy because there were two sin bins and a red card. They are a good side, and that fits their chasing style. Let’s face it, there wasn’t much of a Wallis send-off. We weren’t yelling “red card” from the edge of our seats.

However, I felt bad for the players if we hadn’t won because I believed we were the superior team. Nene has also excelled. He is amazing and will recover. Nene has more in store for us.”

Giants manager Ian Watson commented, “I’ll leave that for the match review panel to look at—I don’t think he’ll be getting anything for it.” in reference to the red card. Elliot has examined the situation where I was involved and has stated that it was not the proper decision because it is visible to everyone.

“I was pleased with the effort and the attitude to dig in at the back end but some stuff led to our own downfall,” he continued following back-to-back defeats.

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