“To arrive here with it ending up being a 17-16 result, players and staff plus everybody being absolutely devastated… is most likely a sign of how far we’ve arrive as a group, ” says Salford mind coach after defeat to Leeds at Wembley
By Marc Bazeley
Last Up-to-date: 17/10/20 10: 16pm
Ian Watson is in without doubt Salford Red Devils are still relocating the right direction after a narrow beat to Leeds Rhinos in the Problem Cup final.
Second-half tries from Pauli plus James Greenwood had put the Crimson Devils four points up with just below a quarter of an hour to play, yet Ash Handley’s second try and the drop goal from Luke Gale saw Leeds snatch a 17-16 win.
The loss in Wembley in another of rugby league’s major showpieces comes approximately a year after Salford were defeated by St Helens in the Extremely League Grand Final and mind coach Watson believes it displays how far the club has come within recent seasons.
“It shows the club and the group are moving in the right place through where we have been and they’re competing during these big games now, ” Watson said.
“With anything that has happened and to come right here with it ending up being a 17-16 outcome, players and staff and everyone being absolutely devastated we’ve not really been able to win, is probably an indicator of how far we’ve come as a group, be it natural or processed and a team over the last few years too.
“The good thing is usually, we’ve been to a Grand Final this past year, we’ve been to a Challenge Cup last this year and we’ve kind of saved what we did, and it’s for us to help keep building. ”
The previous Salford half-back was left in order to rue missed opportunities from their team in both halves of the complement, citing Krisnan Inu and Niall Evalds both putting in kicks within dangerous positions when he experienced they could have taken other options with the golf ball in hand as two examples.
We’ve been to a Grand Last last year, we’ve been to a Challenge Glass final this year and we’ve type of backed up what we did, and it’s for all of us to keep building.
He would not be attracted on whether or not referee Liam Moore’s decision to pull up try-scorer Pauli for an incorrect play-the-ball upon halfway, leading to Leeds getting into placement for Gale to kick the particular winning one-pointer, was unduly severe though.
“There had been small margins in the game where we’re able to have done certain things better to earn it ourselves, ” Watson mentioned.
“I thought all of us opened them up a heck of a lot in attack and just weren’t composed enough with all the final pass.
“We were trying to find kicks to score attempts off rather than turn them more than on their try-line. We just were unable smart enough at those occasions to capitalise and put Leeds at the end of some aggressive defence.
“There were a few turning points for the reason that game and we did think whenever we scored that [Greenwood] try, it was looking like it was our own day. We just needed to be constructed and good enough to defend out that will result. ”
The type of the loss made it even more agonising for the team and Watson produced no secret of the fact everybody was feeling the hurt in the instant aftermath of the final.
However , he urged his part to focus on finishing the Super Little league season strongly as they start to create towards 2021.
“It will sting, and it already is at the dressing room, ” Watson said. “We’ve got some gamers who are right at the back end of the careers now in Mark Flanagan and Kris Welham – actually Kev [Brown] is just not getting any younger.
It shows the club as well as the team are moving in the right location from where we have been and they’re contending in these big games now.
“You don’t know when you’re going to be here or even whether you could get here again, therefore it was important for us to take that will opportunity.
“Leeds currently have the win and we congratulate all of them on the win. We’ve got to move ahead, focus on the rest of the season and complete the season well. ”