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Rugby League: Kiwi duo rampant as Salford crush Bulls

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Former Newcastle Knights star Junior Sa'u believes Salford Red Devils are on the cusp of being 'unstoppable' after storming to a 46-18 victory over struggling Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

Sa'u and compatriot Rangi Chase notched two tries each as Salford won for the first time since April - and crucially built a nine-point advantage over second-bottom Bulls in their bid to survive relegation.

New Zealander Chase also landed seven conversions to finish with 22 points in a man-of-the-match display.

And while Sa'u has been very solid, if not spectacular in his debut Super League season since signing from Melbourne Storm, the centre has warned that he will only get better.

"It feels a lot better than the way we've been doing, we are improving week by week and it shows once we click we will be unstoppable," said Sa'u.

"I know the fans don't see it but us players and the coaching staff do (see improvements).

"What I've learned over my career is that once you've hit your peak you never stop - I'm trying to improve with every game.

"It's pretty good at the moment, I'm enjoying my time here. It's a lot different to back home, the standard there is relentless. But I can't control anything else other than my own performances."

Temperatures hit 30 degrees celsius in Perpignan on Saturday but St Helens coach Nathan Brown insists that was no excuse for his side's 42-0 drubbing at the hands of Catalan Dragons.

The Dragons totted up eight tries on the Super League leaders - and Jonny Lomax left the field with a knee injury in the first half to further rub salt into the wounds.

"We can't use that (the heat) as an excuse," said Brown, who coached St George Illawarra Dragons between 2003 and 2008.

"Obviously at the end, we were out on our feet. We paid a fair price in the first half for our effort, our ball retention was poor and their defensive effort was good and we did a lot of work.

"At the end of the game, I thought we needed to be better with the effort levels. Even though we couldn't win the game, we needed to be better with the effort that we showed."

Warrington Wolves have hauled themselves back into the Super League hunt after extending their winning streak in all competitions - and coach Tony Smith admits they had to do so with a patchwork side.

Smith's troops saw off Hull KR by 34-4 on Friday in an impressive display, with Joel Monaghan - now in his fourth season in England - taking his try-tally to a joint-high 14 in the Super League after crossing twice.

Smith said: "Anything can happen in a short turn-around but we turned up good today. We were full of energy.

"We had a few missing - we are almost down to the bare bones with injuries - but we brought some good young blokes in who did a fantastic job."

James Webster was a relieved man after his first game in charge at Wakefield Wildcats ended with an 18-10 win over bottom club London Broncos.

"I'm just relieved to get the win, to be honest," said the former Parramatta Eel.

"We played some efficient rugby and the most pleasing thing was that we only gave away two tries.

"I thought our defence, other than one line break, was really good."

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