Rugby league: Salford squash hapless Giants

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BOBBIE GOULDING'S Huddersfield debut ended in disappointment as Salford beat the Giants 16-12 yesterday to end the visitors' five-match losing run. The Great Britain international came off the bench after 23 minutes but his prompting was not enough to prevent Huddersfield slipping to their seventh defeat in a row and their 15th loss in 17 Super League games.

The former St Helens No 7 looked to have put on weight during his two- week absence from the game, but it will need more than a fully fit Goulding on top of his game to transform Huddersfield into anything other than strugglers.

Salford were 6-0 ahead when Goulding entered the fray. Gary Broadbent made a brilliant last-minute tackle to deny Adrian Belle five metres out and the Reds' four-point lead was enough to send Huddersfield - watched by 2,932, their lowest crowd of the campaign - stumbling to another defeat.

Halifax inflicted an eight-try demolition upon Warrington to virtually guarantee their position in the play-offs at The Shay. The Wolves were never in the game as the Blue Sox rapidly notched up five scores in the opening 40 minutes and to further Warrington's woes, they had Adam Doyle rushed to hospital with a serious leg injury in their 46-16 defeat.

The Yorkshire side avenged their early-season defeat at Wilderspool, with Gavin Clinch, Daio Powell, Jamie Bloem, Gary Mercer, Oliver Marns, Martin Moana, Fereti Tuilagi and Martin Pearson all scoring tries. Pearson also kicked seven goals from nine attempts.

Mike Wainwright claimed two tries for Warrington and Mark Foster also crossed the line, but they were token efforts. Brendan Tuuta was sent to the sin-bin in the 65th minute, two minutes after coming on, after trading blows with Des Clark, who also earned a yellow card.