Rugby League - Noble ready to read the riot act

Salford coach Brian Noble is ready to swing the axe after losing patience with his under-performing team.

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Salford were poor from start to finish on Monday night

Noble accused his players of "appearing gutless" as they crashed to a 46-10 home defeat by Wakefield at the Salford City Stadium, a week after being humbled 68-10 by Warrington.

"I'm pretty clear about where we want to go to," he said. "There is a lot of uncertainty in the camp in relation to futures and that will be sorted in the next few days. They are either putting themselves in the shop window or they will be playing for Salford."

Noble added: "I've only been here six weeks - it feels a lot longer after tonight - but I clearly have to formulate a way forward for the people who might not be here next year. That's life. A lot of people didn't show up in the manner that we practised this week."

Salford's ambitious owner Marwan Koukash was so upset by the first-half performance that he stormed into the dressing room to witness Noble's half-time talk. Salford led 4-0 thanks to Danny Williams' early try but then conceded six converted tries before Jodie Broughton stemmed the tide with a 90-metre interception effort.

"I'm extremely disappointed," Noble said. "Shows like that can appear gutless sometimes. Some of the soft tries are hard to accept. But technically they kicked far better than we did. We got a lesson on how to kick the ball. The way we are finishing our sets is killing us.

"Credit goes to Wakefield, they looked far more effective and they carried the ball strong. They've got a simple formula that works for them. If you leave Tim Smith alone like we did, they will pick you apart."

The Wildcats had eight different tryscorers as they ended a run of four straight defeats in emphatic fashion. They bossed the exchanges up front and allowed half-backs Paul Sykes and Smith to run the show on their return from injury.

"I'm really happy," boss Richard Agar said. "We felt it was a must-win game and I'm pleased to get the win. I felt we started a little bit slow but the first try calmed our nerves. Overall we won the physical contest. It's a simple game sometimes. We carried the ball into the Salford line and it gave us enough of a platform.

"Those half-backs playing well is vitally important to us. We missed Paul Sykes when he was out and I thought Timmy ran into confidence as the game wore on. Once we got a bit of daylight, the confidence returned to his play and for one of the tries in the second half he was pure class."

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