The Super Leagues 2021 season kicked off for Salford with a defeat away behind closed doors at the Emerald Headingley to current title holders St Helens.
In Marshalls first test as The Devils new coach after taking up the mantle from Ian Watson who left at the end of last season, he saw himself pitted against Kristian Woolf, the man whom he served under at St Helens last season.
Despite having an insight into his old teams tactics, it was not enough to secure a win over them as St Helens showed they were very much on the same dominant form they were last season.
St Helens were in command from the start of the game and they maintained their lead comfortably throughout the match.
They held complete control over the first half, which ended with them 13 up on Salford as they headed back to the changing rooms.
Salford looked a little more of a threat in the second half with a try by Sio in the corner at the 55min mark, giving Salford a little hope which was bolstered even more by a goal by Inu shortly after, but neither were enough to do much damage to their rivals as the final score came to 29-6 and an easy win for the Saints.
None-the-less this is the first outing for Richard Marshall as the big boss and he was up against a formidable foe in the form of the current league champions, better luck next week against Hull.
St Helens (13) 29
Tries: Makinson, Grace, Percival, Naiqama, Walmsley
Goals: Makinson 4
Drop goals: Welsby
Salford (0) 6
Tries: Sio Goals: Inu
Salford Devils next fixture will be against Hull FC this Saturday 3rd April at 12:15 PM
Photo: Salford Reds