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Salford stun Huddersfield in Magic classic

Salford City prop Adam Sidlow trebled his try tally for the season to condemn one-time Super League leaders Huddersfield to a third consecutive defeat in a classic contest at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.
Salford stun Huddersfield in Magic classic
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Salford City prop Adam Sidlow trebled his try tally for the season to condemn one-time Super League leaders Huddersfield to a third consecutive defeat in a classic contest at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.

Sidlow, who scored his first try of the season in last week's 20-20 draw with Bradford Bulls, grabbed two in the final quarter to settle a pulsating encounter in which the lead changed hands six times.

Salford's first win in four games, which keeps alive their outside play-off hopes, was tough on Huddersfield's prop forward Eorl Crabtree, who matched Sidlow's scoring feats with two tries in a three-minute spell that looked to have turned the game his side's way.

In a team full of heroes, Salford were particularly indebted to veteran full-back Luke Patten, whose attacking flair proved to be a constant thorn in Huddersfield's side all day, and two-try centre Joel Moon.

It was Moon who began the 13-try feast after only two minutes, touching down after winger Jodie Broughton had somehow managed to flick the ball back from the touchline.

Giants captain Kevin Brown, whose end-of-season move to Widnes Vikings rocked the club on the eve of today's game, pulled a try back and twice bamboozled the Reds defence with his sleight of hand to demonstrate his class.

Centre Joe Wardle ruined the first chance with an inaccurate pass to his winger Luke George but made amends by handling twice before Danny Brough produced a turn a pace to finish off the move.

Brough converted his own try to put the Giants into a 10-6 lead but Salford turned on the style to score three superbly-crafted tries in an 18-minute spell to open up a 22-10 lead.

Patten, who will be a major loss to Salford when he retires at the end of the year, was the constant in all three scores, offloading from the tackle to get Moon over for his second and cleverly switching the point of attack to create the space for centre Sean Gleeson to touch down.

The Australian then combined with his half-backs to get left winger Broughton over for the Reds' fourth try and Daniel Holdsworth kicked his third goal.

Huddersfield brought themselves back into the game when Scott Grix's delayed pass got second-rower Michael Lawrence through a gap for a third try in first-half stoppage time and Brough's second goal cut the gap to six points.

That gave the Yorkshire side all the encouragement they needed as they appeared to seize control of the game.

Brough and David Faiumu ripped holes in the heart of the Salford defence with clean breaks and, after Luke Robinson had been held up on his back, Crabtree demonstrated his massive threat close to the line, charging over for two tries in quick succession.

Brough kicked his fourth goal to put his side 28-22 ahead but the never-say-die Reds roared back and Moon would have completed a hat-trick but for losing the ball in Leroy Cudjoe's tackle over the line.

Huddersfield still could not contain the threat of Patten and Holdsworth, however, and they worked the ball out for Moon to get Broughton over for his second try on the hour mark that trimmed the Giants' lead to just two points.

And the Reds regained the lead five minutes later when Sidlow broke the monopoly of their outside backs by plunging over for his side's sixth try.

Salford had the chance to wrap up the win when Patten's outstretched arm kept the ball in play but second-rower Matty Ashurst could not control the touchdown.

Huddersfield made the most of the let-off by working their way upfield and hooker Scott Moore broke through to get Brough over for his second try which looked to have finally settled the outcome.

But Salford regained possession from the kick-off and, after running the ball on the last tackle, Sidlow took Smith's pass to plunge over for his second try.

The was still time for the drama to continue when Robinson got Jason Chan charging for the line only to be recalled for a forward pass and Salford hung on for a famous victory.


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