Feed the Beast! Manu Vatuvei scores first try at home for new club Salford after dive on grubbered ball inches from dead ball line




Manu Vatuvei has shown his new UK fans exactly what he is capable of after scoring his first Super League try at home for the Salford Red Devils in his first ever game at the club's venue.

The former Warriors winger joined Salford last month after his New Zealand club of 14 seasons released him from his contract early to pursue the career-changing option.

Since then, he has appeared in three matches for the Red Devils, but this morning's game against the Castleford Tigers held a little more significance as it was his first time playing in front of a home crowd at AJ Bell Stadium.

And he didn't disappoint.

Down 12-0 in the second half, Vatuvei pounced on a grubbered ball in the in-goal to stun a flat-footed Tigers defence as they hoped to watch the ball roll dead.

Vatuvei sprung up waving with a finger in the year to let his teammates know he was confident he'd got the deed done and the video referee shortly confirmed it moments later.

Unfortunately for the 31-year-old and his team, it was the only time they would cross the line in the game – the Tigers running away winners 23-4 in the match to comfortably sit ten points clear at the top of the UK Super League table.

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