Sneyd dazzles in Salford rout
Marc Sneyd scored 26 points as Salford put Whitehaven to the sword in the Challenge Cup on Sunday, winning 58-18.
With Don Gailer's side hoping to pull of a shock and show that the rest of the sport that Cumbrian sides remain a force to be reckoned with, a Sneyd-inspired Salford never allowed them to get going.
From the moment Chris Nero gave them an eighth-minute lead they never looked back, with coach Phil Veivers vindicated for picking a strong side, suggesting the Reds fancy a crack at making the Wembley showpiece this year.
After Nero, a finalist with Huddersfield in 2006, had set things going, the result rarely looked in doubt, especially when Sneyd went in for the first of his two tries six minutes later.
Sam Gee did respond for the Marras, but they were unable to get a roll going and were quickly silenced when impressive centre Joel Moon, showing no ill-effects from a recent hand injury, crossed with 22 minutes on the clock.
That score appeared to be the one that broke any Whitehaven resistence, with Salford going on to have the tie sewn up by the time the half-time hooter sounded.
First, Sneyd crossed for his second try before tireless forward Luke Adamson followed him under the posts.
Winger Danny Williams also touched down before the whistle, with Sneyd's boot ensuring a 34-6 lead at the break.
There was little let-up for Whitehaven after the rest period either, even if they did get the second period's first score through Richard Varkulis.
That only served to set Salford on another run, with Josh Veivers and playmaker Matty Smith crossing within two minutes of each other and, even when David Houghton grabbed another Whitehaven try, the outstanding Moon responded with his second inside a minute.
It was now a case of how many points did Salford want to score, with the answer being six as Matty Ashurst went in and Sneyd converted his ninth goal from 10 attempts.