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Anderson hopes to move on

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is hoping his side's 42-22 win at Salford can kick-start their First Utility Super League campaign.

The 2013 league leaders went into their Good Friday fixture on the back of three successive defeats, as well as a Challenge Cup exit, but bounced back in emphatic fashion, with winger Aaron Murphy scoring a hat-trick of tries.

"The real pleasing thing for me is that we won," Anderson said. "I had to have a deep think about what our song was at the end because it's been a while.

"I'm hoping it's only three days before our next one.

"There were some big improvements from our last outing. That wasn't hard to do but we did some real good things, especially defensively.

"That was the key for us because Salford are very dangerous and we coped very well.

"Our attention wavered at times but to score 40-odd points against a team with their personel is very pleasing.

"We looked real calm and composed in a lot of things we did."

Giants captain Danny Brough contributed 18 points with a try and seven goals from eight attempts while Shaun Lunt, Jermaine McGillvary and Chris Bailey also scored tries.

Salford cut the gap to just eight points early in the second half and winger Francis Meli completed his hat-trick four minutes from the end but Jake Mullaney was able to convert only one of their five tries.

"It was a good job the full-back didn't have his kicking boots today," added Anderson.

Salford suffered two injury blows, losing winger Greg Johnson after 24 minutes with a suspected broken jaw, while prop Shannon McPherson was carried from the stretcher with severe concussion early in the second half after being struck on the head with the ball.

"They've both been taken to hospital," said coach Iestyn Harris. "We'll get an assessment of them later."

Salford never fully recovered from the shock of conceding three tries in the first 12 minutes and, although skipper Adrian Morley provided a highlight with a storming first try for the club, they were never seriously in contention in Harris' first home game.

"If you concede 18 points very early, you are always chasing your tail but across the board we did some good things and some bad things," Harris said.

"It's about us learning to be a little more consistent. We're working hard to do that and it's going to take a little time."

Harris' next assignment is a trip to his old club Leeds on Monday, when Huddersfield host Wakefield.