21st July 2018, 19:03 | super_league
Fouad Yaha touched down for four tries and Kenny Edwards scored two as Catalans Dragons crushed Salford Red Devils in Perpignan.
The home side scored their first try in the sixth minute and rarely looked troubled as they ran out 44-10 winners to secure their placein the Super League for 2019.
After having gone through the dreaded Million Pound Game in 2017, the home side were looking to avoid the potential of playing in it for a second successive year and secure a top-eight finish.
Festival des Dragons qui écrasent Salford et valident leur place dans le Top 8⃣! 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/JquUqAVHF9— Dragons Catalans (@DragonsOfficiel) July 21, 2018
They did so despite the late withdrawal of influential back rower, Greg Bird, who missed the game to attend the birth of his second child.
Salford Red Devils head coach Ian Watson heaped praise on Catalans Dragons half-back Josh Drinkwater after the defeat.
He said:"Catalans are a good team at home, everyone knows that, they’ve re-built half way through the year with Josh Drinkwater coming in and on the back of that you can see what he adds to the Catalans, his kicking game particularly – he’s killed us out there today.
“The game was nip and tuck and at 10-4 we were kind of getting back into that arm wrestle and then Drinkwater’s kicking game, we had to defend five sets back to back and they capitalised. They scored a bit of a scrappy try and we didn’t really get it back from there.”
Catalans coach Steve McNamara was delighted with his side's win over Salford, a victory that secured their Super League status for 2019.
“I’m relieved that we finally know it’s done, it’s been a long road for us so far this season," McNamara said.
"The start put us under tremendous pressure but the response from the playing group and the staff has been incredible to be honest.
“Winning was all that mattered tonight."