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Crusaders 60-16 Salford

Crusaders (32) 60
Tries: Youngquest 3, Hanbury, Schifcofske 2, Martin 2, O'Hara, Hauraki, WintersteinGoals: Schifcofske 8

Salford (6) 16
Tries: Ratchford, Cashmere Goals: Smith 2

Clinton Schifcofske
Schifcofske skippered Crusaders to their biggest ever Super League score

A Nick Youngquest hat-trick and 24 points from Clint Schifcofske helped Crusaders thrash Salford 60-16 and keep alive their play-off hopes.

Youngquest opened the scoring before Stefan Ratchford put the Reds ahead.

Crusaders then posted 54 unanswered points through Youngquest (2), Rhys Hanbury, Schifcofske (2), Tony Martin (2), Ryan O'Hara and Weller Hauraki.

Ray Cashmere pulled a try back for Salford but Jeremy Smith was sent off ahead of Karl Fitzpatrick's late score.

The Welshmen were without leading scorer Vince Mellars and Gareth Thomas's groin injury ensured he too was absent.

But they were hardly missed as Youngquest scored twice inside the opening 10 minutes.

His brace was separated by Ratchford's try which, with the conversion from Matty Smith, gave Salford a brief lead.

From then it was all one-way traffic as half-back Hanbury burst through weak defending by the Reds.

Schifcofske converted and then goaled a try of his own ahead of Martin's first and O'Hara's score.

Crusaders went off the boil for 10 minutes but then hit back with a furious spell as Hauraki, Youngquest, Schifcofske, Martin and Winterstein showed no mercy to Salford's crumbling defence.

Cashmere found his way over the line to cut the deficit slightly but Smith's frustration with referee Ben Thaler earned him an early shower.

Fitzpatrick's last-gasp score provided little comfort for a disasterous afternoon's work by Salford.

Crusaders coach Brian Noble:
"We were unstoppable in that first half. Weller Hauraki was outstanding, Nick Youngquest finished well and we have a lot of determined people at the moment. It is a whole lot different joint from the one we inherited.

"We have not been executing things (recently). We have been throwing the ball into the stand or to the touch judge, but today was probably a building process for us.

"We did okay against Warrington and Huddersfield but we have had a couple of turnaround wins recently. People said if we won three games in the season, they would have been happy - we have won three on the bounce now which puts us in the (play-off) picture.

Salford coach Shaun McRae:
"I am not sure what words would sum that performance up. Publicly, it is very hard to speak how I feel. I have had a private conversation with the group in there and let them know what I think of that performance.

"I won't argue with any words anyone uses to describe that display but we are a funny side in that when we start well, we are generally in the game for the whole of it.

"We don't sometimes win those games but when we start poorly and we are passive, we struggle to recover from that. This was the case today."

Crusaders RL: Schifcofske, Dyer, Martin, Chan, Youngquest, Sammut, Hanbury, Bryant, Withers, Peek, Winternstein, Hauraki, Lupton.
Replacements: James, Lee, O'Hara, Trimarchi.

Salford: Fitzpatrick, Broughton, Henry, Talau, Gibson, Ratchford, M. Smith, Cashmere, Alker, Boyle, Littler, Adamson, Swain.
Replacements: Sidlow, Neal, J. Smith, Parker.

Sent Off: J. Smith (72).

Attendance: 2,412

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).

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