Rugby League - Harris hails gritty Salford

New Zealand's Kevin Locke (C) runs with the ball past France's Sebastien Raguin (L) and France's Remi Casty during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup group B match between New Zealand and France at the Parc des Sports stadium in Avignon, southern France, on November 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (AFP Photo/BERTRAND LANGLOIS)

- Salford coach Iestyn Harris saluted his gritty team after they lost full-back Kevin Locke to a concussion inside the first 15 minutes but still ground out a victory over in-form Huddersfield. Former Giant Josh Griffin scored a try and kicked three goals in the 18-12 win that lifted Harris's side up to fourth in the Super League table on Friday. Locke's blow to the head had forced an early re-shuffle in the Red Devils back line, but Ben Jones-Bishop was a more than able deputy at full-back, laying on Griffin's opener before scoring the second himself. "If you're not prepared to defend like your life depends on it then you'll never win anything," Harris said. "It was nice to see us do well at that, given that we conceded far too many points in the early part of the season. And while the Giants mounted a late response with Aaron Murphy and Jack Hughes both crossing, it was too little too late.


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