Rugby League - Hunte delighted with Reds performance

Salford City Reds coach Alan Hunte was delighted with the performances of the four debutants who helped their side to a comfortable 82-6 win over Gloucestershire All Golds in the fourth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

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Rugby League - Hunte delighted with Reds performance

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Alan Hunte was pleased with the final performance before Brian Noble takes over

Will Hope, Jordan Walne, Jon Ford and George Tyson scored seven of the Reds' 15 tries between them with Ford's hat-trick particularly catching the eye.

"As a coach with the scoreline progressing along as it was, you can relax a little bit," said Hunte. "I thought the actual performances were good and that was pleasing, you wouldn't have known they were on debut today."

In his last game in charge before new head coach Brain Noble steps into the role, Hunte was looking to the future.

"We want this to be the start of a legacy of good quality homegrown talent turning out in a Salford shirt," he said.

He also had a word or two for his vanquished opponents, adding: "The first twenty minutes we struggled, we were a little bit scrappy but credit to the All Golds, they got in our face, made it difficult for us.

"We knew they were going to tire having never played at that level of intensity, it was always going to be hard for them to keep it up. But I'm sure that as the season goes on that team will get better and better and every single individual involved with the club can be proud of what they're doing."

All Golds coach Brad Hepi was pleased with his side's efforts but unhappy with the size of the score against his men.

"The guys had a really good go in the first 20 of the first half, I was happy with that, but I wasn't entirely happy with the second-half performance. I thought they made a lot more basic errors in the second half," he said.

"I'm proud of the guys. They had a good go, but in the second half there were just too many soft tries."

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