It was a performance that left Salford coach Brian Noble quite pleased as he was quick to point out the impact of Theo Fages, as the Devils were far too strong for the London Broncos, winning 44-18.
Replacing the injured Rangi Chase, the young French teenager made the most of his chance, scoring tries and setting them up in the comprehensive Salford victory.
“It is a tough ask for any player to step in for Rangi Chase and Theo did really well,” said Noble.
“He showed the value that he has to us. He has not had much game time and I was really pleased with what he did for us today.
“Overall I thought it was a pretty good day. We were a bit scrappy in the first half and we had to defend well as London were very enthusiastic.
“But we showed our attacking prowess and I’m satisfied where we are at, at this stage of the season.”
Although the Broncos played better as a team unit overall compared to their first round defeat, there is still room for improvement as they look to rebuild the entire team as a whole, following a move to Barnet in the off-season.
With the old saying that says, ‘the only way is up’, Broncos coach Tony Rea knows that if his side is good enough over the course of the season, they can and will improve.
“I thought there was a big reaction from last week. We are a very young, inexperienced team and we really took it to a very experienced side,” said Rea.
“We were really committed to being a team and I thought there were some wonderful signs. There were definite signs of progression and I expect us to progress further again.
“We always knew that this was going to be a tough period for us and we have to work through it.”