Super League  Friday 11th April 2014  Provident Stadium, Odsal  Att: 6,144

Squad

Donaldson, Henry, Wood, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Fakir, Walker, Sidlow, Ferguson, Foster, Blythe, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Addy, Gaskell, Mullally, Kearney, O'Brien.

Squad

Gleeson, Chase, Lee, Tasi, Hock, Smith, Morley, Mullaney, Johnson, Sa'u, Meli, J. Walne, A. Walne, Hansen, Tomkins, Fages, Ashurst, Puletua, McPherson.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Adam Henry

Elliot Kear

Adam Sidlow

Adrian Purtell

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Francis Meli

Rangi Chase

Tony Puletua

Matty Ashurst

Tim Smith

Junior Sa'u

Jake Mullaney

GOAL SCORERS:

Jake Mullaney

Jake Mullaney

Jake Mullaney

Jake Mullaney

Jake Mullaney

Full Report

Match Official: P Bentham

Iestyn Harris was able to celebrate victory in his opening match in charge of Salford as the Red Devils ran in seven tries in a 38-24 success at bottom team Bradford Bulls.

Head coach Harris, a former Bradford player, moved from assistant at Wigan to take over the reigns at the Barton-based club from Brian Noble a week beforehand and watched on as his new charges picked up only their second win in six games.

It was the Bulls fifth successive defeat and leaves them still on minus two points - two adrift of London Broncos at the foot of the First Utility Super League table - and with a unenviable run of fixtures against Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens looming in the next month.

The Red Devils were briefly behind but always looked the more likely side and forged a 16-point lead by the interval.

Bradford responded quickly with a try after the break but failed to build on their new-found momentum and, as the sides traded scores - three apiece in total during the second half - the Red Devils held on for the victory.

Salford, adding Wigan loanee Logan Tomkins and Matty Ashurst to the squad that squeezed past Hull FC in the Cup the previous week, struck first.

Rangi Chase sent Gareth Hock careering through a gap on the 40-metre line and Jake Mullaney was up in support to score, although the full-back failed to convert his own try.

The Bulls, with back from injury Matt Diskin, Adam Sidlow and Lee Gaskell giving them a much more experienced look and Anthony Mullally, cup tied in the game before against Oldham, also returning, always struggled to make yards as easily as the visitors.

But Luke Gale's teasing kicks and persistence worked them back into contention and, on the back of a penalty for holding down, Adrian Purtell charged over beside the posts and Jamie Foster edged Bradford ahead with the conversion.

Salford immediately pressed for a response, forcing a goal line drop out and then Mullaney was held up over the line.

The pressure finally told as hooker Tommy Lee put Junior Sa'u in from close range and Mullaney this time had no trouble adding the goal.

Lee and Chase combined to put Tim Smith in just after the half hour before the Bulls handed their opponents a gift of a fourth try.

A looping Chase kick in-goal was dithered over by the Bulls defence and Ashurst, with his first touch of the game, swooped to touchdown and ensure the Red Devils went in 22-6 ahead at half time.

The Bulls knew they needed to score first after the break and, within three minutes, did as Adam O'Brien's tenacity opened a path for Sidlow to score against his former club.

Only a magnificent Sa'u tackle prevented Bradford posting more points when Elliot Kear rose rose to pluck a diagonal bomb out of the air barely a metre short.

But Bulls over eagerness saw them cough up possession deep in their own half and a try from Tony Puletua restored Salford's advantage.

Still the battling Bulls refused to lie down and a memorable run from the touchline and through half of the Salford defence gave Kear a well deserved try to give the hosts late hope.

But a weaving solo effort from Chase steadied any nerves the visitors might have had and, with Mullaney adding five goals in total the match was won

Adam Henry grabbed a further consolation try three minutes from time, Foster adding his fourth conversion, but it was too little too late for the home side and Francis Meli confirmed Salford's success by completing the scoring in the dying seconds.

Match Action

  • 79m
    try

    Francis Meli

    Salford

  • 77m
    try

    Adam Henry

    Bradford

  • 77m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 74m
    try

    Rangi Chase

    Salford

  • 73m
    goal

    Jake Mullaney

    Salford

  • 70m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 70m
    try

    Elliot Kear

    Bradford

  • 50m
    goal

    Jake Mullaney

    Salford

  • 50m
    try

    Tony Puletua

    Salford

  • 42m
    try

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 42m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 38m
    goal

    Jake Mullaney

    Salford

  • 38m
    try

    Matty Ashurst

    Salford

  • 38m
    interchange_on

    Matty Ashurst

    Salford

  • 38m
    interchange_off

    Gareth Hock

    Salford

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Bradford

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Adam O'Brien

    Bradford

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 33m
    goal

    Jake Mullaney

    Salford

  • 33m
    try

    Tim Smith

    Salford

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Logan Tomkins

    Salford

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Adrian Morley

    Salford

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Chev Walker

    Bradford

  • 25m
    goal

    Jake Mullaney

    Salford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Tony Puletua

    Salford

  • 25m
    try

    Junior Sa'u

    Salford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Shannan McPherson

    Salford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Lama Tasi

    Salford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Walne

    Salford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Bradford

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 20m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 20m
    try

    Adrian Purtell

    Bradford

  • 5m
    try

    Jake Mullaney

    Salford