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Evalds sends Toronto packing; LATE SALFORD FLOURISH NIALLS SONNY BILL'S BOYS.

Byline: Julie Stott

Salford 24 Toronto 16

NIALL EVALDS swooped with two lethal late body blows to knock the stuffing out of Toronto.

The Wolfpack - with Sonny Bill Williams again largely underwhelming - hauled themselves level with 10 minutes to go.

But full-back Evalds put the Red Devils back in control when he sent in Dan Sarginson for an unconverted try.

Then, with three minutes left, he snuck in past some sloppy Wolfpack defending to put the result beyond any doubt.

Wolfpack centre Hakim Miloudi, who had been moved to full-back, said: "I put my hand up and said sorry. It is my mistake. I thought the ball was going out and I was waiting but he came in and scored.

"It is my bad but the players have told me it is a team effort."

Evalds' late strike sealed a first win for the Grand Finalists', following their thrashing by St Helens, and leaves Toronto still looking for their first Super League win.

Wolfpack boss Brian McDermott dodged the post-match press conference, but relieved Salford coach Ian Watson said: "It got a bit nervy towards the end.

P W Hull 2 Castleford 2 StHelens 2 Huddersfield. 1 Warrington 2 Hull KR 2 Wigan 2 Salford 2 Wakefield 1 Catalans Drg 1 Toronto. Wolf 2 Leeds 1 "It was a must-win game for us and I thought it was a really good win.

"Toronto are playing with confidence and they are a team that is reasonably settled. They throw the ball about and challenge you a hell of a lot, and they will cause a few teams problems early doors."

Dual-code superstar Williams started for Toronto after coming off the bench in last week's defeat by Castleford, and was certainly better than he had been on his debut.

But apart from a few trademark offloads, in his second spell in the second half, there is clearly much still to come from the New Zealander.

Salford stand-off Tui Lolohea set up the first home try for Kev Brown, and added the conversion to nudge them into a 6-4 lead.

That scoreline remained until Salford struck twice in two minutes early in the second half, with tries from Lolohea and Rhys Williams.

Wheeler grabbed his second try in the 54th minute and Evalds denied Ricky Leutele another touchdown.

But there was no stopping Brad Singleton as he powered over, with Blake Wallace converting to level it.

The sniff of first blood in the top flight was soon wiped out though by Salford's grandstand two-try finish.

Miloudi added: "The coach said we played a lot better this week. We want to shock Wigan next week."

salford: Tries: Brown, Lolohea, Williams, Sarginson, Evalds. Goals: Lolohea 2. toronto: Tries: Wheeler 2, Singleton. Goals: Wallace 2.

PWDL FAPTS Hull 22005520 4 Castleford 2 2 0 0 44 22 4 StHelens 21014827 2 Huddersfield 1 1 0 0 32 12 2 Warrington 2 1 0 1 29 16 2 HULLKR 21014637 2 Wigan 21012826 2 Salford 21013264 2 Wakefield 1001 12300 Catalans Drg 1 0 0 1 12 32 0 Toronto Wolf 2 0 0 2 26 52 0 Leeds 1001 4300

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LEAPING FOR JOY Niall Evalds made a try and scored another for Salford

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Author:Julie Stott
Publication:The People (London, England)
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Date:Feb 9, 2020
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