26th September 2018, 13:05 | super_league

Hastings hoping Salford get the job done

Hastings hoping Salford get the job done

Jackson Hastings is confident Salford Red Devils can beat Toulouse Olympique XIII on Thursday night.

Victory over the French side at the AJ Bell Stadium in the first game of the final round of the Qualifiers Super 8s will secure the Red Devils' top-flight place for the 2019 season.

Salford are still in the mix after experiencing back-to-back defeats, most recently at the hands of London Broncos, and could yet slip into the Million Pound Game like they did two years ago. 

Hastings, who is coming to the end of his initial short-term contract, is desperate to help the club avoid a repeat.

“I don’t want to be anywhere near that game,” said Hastings, who missed the last two games through suspension but returns for what he hopes will be the last match of the season.

“It’s about your livelihood and nobody wants to be put under that pressure. It’s ridiculous to even think you should have to go through a game like that.

“The simple fact is that if we win this week, we’re safe. We’ve just got to go out there and do whatever it takes to win.”

Toulouse basically need a victory to keep their hopes alive but it is so tight that points difference could come into the equation and the clubs playing later in the round will have a clearer idea of their requirements.

It is a situation Toulouse are all-too familiar with, for London went to Barrow Raiders in the last match of the regular Betfred Championship season knowing the size of victory they needed to overhaul Sylvain Houles’ men in second place and earn an extra home game.

And Toulouse will also have an extra incentive to prolong their season, with long-serving captain Sebastien Planas due to retire at the end of it.

“It’s important to send Sebastien out on a high,” said Houles. “He’s been a part of the club for so long and has been captain for the last five years.

“I thought the boys did terrifically against Hull KR to give him a good send-off at home and we need to finish the job and he needs to finish the job by taking us to Super League. It will be the best end to a special career.”