FRIENDSHIP will be put on hold on Friday night when Saints’ powerhouse prop Mose Masoe comes face to face with his pal Lama Tasi, who is one of a number of big men in the Red Devils pack.
Although Saints’ pack, with man mountain Masoe to the fore, upped their game to win the physical battle against Giants last week – there is no scope to drop their intensity this week against a desperate Red Devils outfit.
Salford bring a massive pack full of experience, including big men Tony Puletua, Adrian Morley, Gareth Hock, Harrison Hansen and Darrell Griffin, and so Masoe knows won’t be a time to rest on laurels.
Masoe said: “It was good that the boys came back against Huddersfield, especially after the previous week’s bad performance against Warrington.
“We needed to produce something pretty quickly after that and worked hard all week on little things as a team and it all came together on game day.
“Salford is a big game now – we are going into it off the back of a good win but it is the next game that counts the most. We have to bring the same attitude that we took into the Huddersfield match.
“Salford are going to be dangerous because they have the players that can skin a team so turning up with the right attitude and commitment to the team is important.”
The big-spending Red Devils have struggled in recent weeks, picking up just one point since Iestyn Harris took over, and are off the pace for a place in the play-offs.
But Masoe believes that, with the calibre of player they have ion the books, makes them tricky.
“They are the most dangerous side at the moment because they haven’t hit form yet.
“I am good mates with Lama Tasi, who is the starting front rower for them, but I told him once we are out there we are not mates anymore,” he said.
Masoe, a recruit from NRL’s Penrith Panthers in the off-season, produced his best display to date in a Saints shirt – routinely scattering the Giants defenders in his three stints and scoring a try.
And in a warning to the opposition and a message to the home support, he vowed that there is plenty more to come.
“I was happy with my performance on Friday but I still have a lot to work on as a player and still think I can get better.
“I missed out all the off-season with the injury, but now getting fitter and can still get a bit better,” he said.