Author: Luke Wallworth

MATCH REPORT | CASTLEFORD TIGERS 19-18 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SATURDAY 8TH MAY 2021

Salford Red Devils’ Betfred Challenge Cup journey came to an end this evening, with a narrow 19-18 golden point defeat to Castleford Tigers in the Quarter-Final at the Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Marshall’s men took the lead after 15 minutes through Harvey Livett, grounding the ball after a high kick from Kevin Brown was too much to handle for the Tigers’ defence.

Daniel Smith got Castleford on the scoreboard just under 10 minutes later, grounding the ball next to the sticks after getting onto the end of a short kick.

In the 36th minute, Livett doubled his try tally for the evening, spotting a gap and darting through to ground the ball down the left.

Just before the interval, Castleford’s Peter Mata’utia crashed over in the right corner to even the scoring at the break.

Half time: Castleford Tigers 12-12 Salford Red Devils

Mark Shenton put Castleford back in front at the hour mark, sliding over down the left.

With 13 minutes to go, Brown thought he’d put Salford back in the contest after scurrying over from dummy half, but he was ruled as being held up.

Just before the hooter, captain Lee Mossop sent the clash to golden point after powering over next to the sticks.

Despite the comeback, a drop-goal from Gareth O’Brien meant Salford fell to defeat by the narrowest of margins.

Fulltime: Castleford Tigers 19-18 Salford Red Devils

Castleford Tigers: Evalds, Olpherts, Mata’utia, Shenton, Turner, Richardson, Trueman, Milner, Millington, Holmes, Massey, McShane, Griffin, Watts, Smith, Martin, O’Brien.

Salford Red Devils: Sarginson, Sio, Watkins, Livett, Williams, Lolohea, Brown, Mossop, Addy, Ikahihifo, Greenwood, Pauli, Taylor, Atkin, Ormondroyd, Lannon, Burke.

Castleford tries: Smith, Mata’utia, Shenton

Castleford goals: Richardson (2), O’Brien

Castleford drop-goals: O’Brien

Salford tries: Livett (2), Mossop

Salford goals: Livett (3)

Referee: Ben Thaler

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Red Devils’ Rising Stars programme returns

 Salford Red Devils are bringing Salford & Greater Manchester together for both boys and girls for the first time! 

In June and July, we are offering development days for both boys and girls from under 12s to under 16s, and it will be the first time both the boys and girls programme is running parallel with each other.

We have targeted specific, non-competitive development themed games which will enable players to develop their skills whilst representing their areas and boroughs in a professional environment.

Ultimately, all players will be representing Salford Red Devils in more development themed games vs Huddersfield giants and Bradford bulls.

All players will receive top level coaching from Salford Red Devils coaches to develop and enhance their individual skill level no matter what ability they are at. All development days will be held at the AJ Bell Stadium on the outside 3G Astroturf.

Speaking on the programme, Salford Red Devils head of youth Danny Barton said: “The rising stars programme is for boys and girls of all levels of ability, with coaching tailored to match their skill.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn rugby league or develop any existing experience and will be just as beneficial to Salford Red Devils as the programme can only strengthen our youth setup.

“It’s also an opportunity to develop as a player and person, experiencing different environments that can be challenging and fun.”

Red Devils hooker Connor Aspey came through the programme, and said: “You get some good, quality coaching and meet some great friends.

“If you go down, you’ll pick up the little skills and if you enjoy it you can hopefully try and make rugby league into a career.”

Development days information can be found in the poster attached for both boys and girls.

Confirmed dates for development themed games:

  • -Bradford Bulls HOST Salford Red Devils & Huddersfield Giants / 25th July / Odsal Stadium
  • -Huddersfield Giants HOST Bradford Bulls & Salford Red Devils /8th August / Venue TBC
  • -Salford Red Devils HOST Huddersfield Giants & Bradford Bulls / Sunday 15th August / AJ Bell Stadium

To register your interest in the Rising Stars Programme please email sam.bardsley@salfordcc.ac.uk with the details below

  • Participants Name :
  • Age:
  • School & Year :
  • Community club ( if you don’t play at a community club please answer “N/A” ) :
  • Emergency Contact Name/Number:

*please note Boys u15s & u16s rising stars sessions will be returning as soon as possible every Monday evening in the near future. “

GOLDLINE DRAW WEEK 5

This week’s lottery results have been revealed, with Tracey Durkin claiming the £1000 Jackpot.

Thank you to all lottery members for your ongoing loyalty during these challenging times. If you have any questions, please email: salfordsuperdraw@gmail.com

Below are the results:

New members are advised to please join via our Direct Debit sign up HERE. Please insert your name in the reference box on the form when signing up.

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MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 18-28 CASTLEFORD TIGERS | FRIDAY 30 APRIL 2021

Salford Red Devils fell to a 18-28 defeat to Castleford Tigers in Round 5 of the Betfred Super League this evening.

A strong opening 20 minutes from the Red Devils could not be sustained against a Castleford side that have lost only one competitive game in 2021.

Greg Eden opened the scoring for Castleford Tigers after 6 minutes, grounding the ball to the left of the sticks.

Kevin Brown, following his Man of the Match performance in Round 4, got Salford on the scoreboard five minutes later after Kallum Watkins was first to a high kick from Tui Lolohea, before setting up Brown to slide over to the right of the sticks.

Salford then took the lead in the 16th minute, Andy Ackers using his initiative to dive over from dummy half to mark his return to the team with a try.

Five minutes later, Liam Watts went over and it was a Danny Richardson penalty goal just before the hooter that gave the visitors a two-point lead at the break.

Half-time: Salford Red Devils 12-14 Castleford Tigers

One minute into the second forty, Cheyse Blair slid over down the left to extend Castleford’s lead.

Just after the hour mark, Jake Trueman collected an offload and weaved through the Salford line to ground the ball down the left.

Richardson converted another penalty goal with just over 10 minutes to go to add another two to Castleford’s lead.

Tui Lolohea got to the end of a chipped kick from Brown in the 72nd minute to slide over under the sticks, but it wasn’t enough for Marshall’s men.

Salford face off against the Tigers again next week in the Betfred Challenge Cup Quarter-Final in the hope they can rectify tonight’s result.

Full time: Salford Red Devils 12-28 Castleford Tigers 

Salford Red Devils: Kear, Sio, Watkins, Livett, Williams, Lolohea, Brown, Mossop, Ackers, Ikahihifo, Greenwood, Roberts, Addy, Atkin, Burke, Johnson, Ormondroyd.

Castleford Tigers: Evalds, Olpherts, Mata’utia, Shenton, Eden, Trueman, Richardson, Massey, McShane, Millington, Holmes, Sene-Lefao, Milner, Watts, Blair, Peachey, Martin.

Salford tries: Brown, Ackers, Lolohea

Salford goals: Livett (2)

Castleford tries: Eden, Watts, Blair, Trueman

Castleford goals: Richardson (3)

Castleford penalty goals: Richardson (3)

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Referee: Robert Hicks

Trafford Centre’s Slim Chickens become club sponsors

Salford Red Devils are excited to announce that the Trafford Centre’s Slim Chickens branch have become official sponsors of a newly formed Player of the Month scheme. 

The US-born chicken brand originally founded over 17 years ago in Fayetteville Arkansas, opened its biggest restaurant to date in The Trafford Centre last November. 

Slim Chickens specialise in fresh, cooked to order chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, wings, wraps and more, and it will be a Slim Chickens red card up for grabs for our “Slim Chickens Player of the Month, which can be used to claim free hand-bread buttermilk marinated tenders for the rest of the year.  

Starting from May, four players will be put to the fans on Twitter for a vote on who deserves the accolade.   

Proud sponsors of the Red Devils, Slim Chickens are also offering three free tenders with a meal on Salford’s matchdays, which can be claimed by showing your season/matchday ticket. 

 Salford Red Devils commercial manager Hannah Kilby said: “This linkup between Salford Red Devils and Slim Chickens holds fantastic commercial value for both parties and I, along with the club, are looking forward to building a strong relationship with such a renowned business that is right on our doorstep.”

With a selection of beer on draught and the option to eat in (when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted) takeaway or deliver, make sure you make Slim Chickens your go-to gameday grub.  

Kevin Brown – “It’s work time”

Despite being 36 years old, Salford Red Devils’ number 7, Kevin Brown, is feeling as sharp as ever.

The halfback is one of the most senior players in the squad, but he won’t let age dictate his condition and his performances.  scoring two tries in last weekend’s win over Leigh Centurions.

Brown said: “My body’s feeling unbelievable.

“I’ve played 5 games now this year, at the age of 36 I’m feeling fantastic and hopefully I’ll build on the form I’ve been performing at.”

Brown is eager to build on his side’s first win of the 2021 Betfred Super League season last week and insists with a fully fit squad, Salford can provideown  plenty of excitement to this year.

“We’ve had quite a few injuries and we’ve not wanted to talk about it,” said Brown.

“But the quality of Danny Addy, Kallum Watkins, Joe Burgess still to come in is something that really excites me.”

Second in command at Salford, Brown has become a leader in the dressing room, on and off the field.

Brown added: “I think my role has been pretty similar for the last 10 years.

“That’s to make everyone else understand the coaches plans on the game plan, really push and understand where they need to be and attack and try and lead by example.

“That’s my role as a player and the vice-captain of the club. Number one is to play well and then closely followed by getting everyone in position and letting them know what the coach wants.”

Salford welcome Castleford Tigers to the A.J Bell stadium this evening, before the two sides face off again next week in the Betfred Challenge Cup Quarter-Final.

“We’ve done some video on them, for me they’re the best attacking side in the competition… they have been for a number of years.”

“It’s work time this week, there’s a lot of work to do. We want to go on a run now and put some back-to-back performances in.”

Due to the social media boycott that Salford Red Devils are in support of, live coverage of tonight’s Round 5 clash with Castleford will not be provided by the club, but will be available on the Betfred Super League website.

Written by: Callum Williams

FIXTURE UPDATE: Rounds 9-13 confirmed

Rounds 9 to 13 of the 2021 Betfred Super League season have been confirmed, including the broadcast schedule for Sky Sports.

Salford Red Devils travel to Hull KR in Round 9 on Friday 11 June for a 7:45pm kick-off against the Robins and exactly a week later, will kick off against Huddersfield Giants at the The John Smith’s Stadium in Round 10.

Round 11 sees the Red Devils host Leeds Rhinos on Friday 25 June, before welcoming Wakefield Trinity to the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday 1 July.

Marshall’s men will look to rectify their round 2 defeat to Hull FC when they travel to the KCOM Stadium on Monday 5 July.

See full fixtures for Rounds 9 to 13 below:

ROUND 9 

Thursday 10 June

19:45 Castleford Tigers v Hull FC (Sky Sports)

Friday 11 June

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors

19:45 Hull KR v Salford Red Devils

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v St Helens (Sky Sports)

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity

Saturday 12 June

15:00 Leigh Centurions v Catalans Dragons

ROUND 10

Wednesday 16 June

19:45 Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers (Sky Sports)

Thursday 17 June

19:45 St Helens v Warrington Wolves (Sky Sports)

Friday 18 June

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Hull KR

Saturday 19 June

17:00 / 18:00 Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos (Sky Sports)

15:00 Leigh Centurions v Hull FC

ROUND 11

Thursday 24 June

19:45 Castleford Tigers v Catalans Dragons

19:45 Wakefield Trinity v Wigan Warriors

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Leigh Centurions (Sky Sports)

Friday 25 June

TBC Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants

18:00 Hull KR v St Helens

19:30 Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos

ROUND 12

Wednesday 30 June 

19:45 Castleford Tigers v St Helens

19:45 Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (Sky Sports)

Thursday 1 July

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons

19:45 Hull KR v Hull FC (Sky Sports)

19:45 Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions

19:30 Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity

ROUND 13

Sunday 6 June

15:00 Wakefield Trinity v Leigh Centurions

Sunday 4 July 

19:30 St Helens v Wigan Warriors v (Sky Sports)

Monday 5 July

19:00 / 20:00 Catalans Dragons v Hull KR

19:45 Hull FC v Salford Red Devils

19:45 Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos (Sky Sports)

Tuesday 6 July

19:45 Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers

 

Rugby league unites in support of social media boycott

The Rugby Football League, Super League Europe, Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the Rugby League Players’ Association today add further sporting support to the boycott of social media this Bank Holiday Weekend.

The sport’s governing body and its leading clubs and players will withdraw from key platforms from 3pm on Friday until 11:59pm on Monday, to show solidarity with other sports, and amplify the message that nobody should have to suffer abuse, racism or harassment on social media.

Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE, the Chair of the RFL Inclusion and Advisory Board: “Rugby League is committed to fighting racism and discrimination through its Tackle It action plan and supporting the many people involved in making change happen.

As Non-Executive Director of the RFL and Chair of the RFL’s Inclusion Board, I am proud to see rugby league joining the sporting world in sending out a very clear message that online hate and abuse will not be tolerated.

“I encourage all of the rugby league community to join us for this weekend’s social media boycott, and to support our continuing efforts to fight this evil.”

Louise Foster-Wilson, GMB Equality and Inclusion Officer – on behalf of Rugby League Players’ Association: “Social media can play a huge part in spreading awareness of this game we love but players and officials must feel able to use these social media platforms without facing abuse and discrimination.

“GMB supports all those in Rugby League and the wider sporting world in general who are joining the social media boycott this weekend. Lets work together to end discrimination once and for all #TackleIt.”

Ken Davy, Executive Chairman of Super League, added: “Super League and its clubs take a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of racism and are united in our cause to end discrimination in Rugby League.

“Social media can be a place for rugby league fans to enjoy the best the sport has to offer, but too often players, coaches, match officials and fans face online abuse. We are proud to join with the sporting world this weekend to send a message that more needs to be done to eradicate this.”

RLWC2021 CEO, Jon Dutton, commented: “Rugby League World Cup 2021 stands together with the rugby league community and other sporting governing bodies to underline the message there is no place for abuse, discrimination, hate or racism in sport.”

Salford Red Devils do not tolerate racism, abuse or harassment online, or in any form, and we hope our fans will support this weekend’s campaign.

Live updates of our game against Castleford Tigers tomorrow evening will be available here on the Betfred Super League website.

Consistency is crucial for Marshall in back-to-back Castleford contests

Head coach Richard Marshall is relishing the chance to play Castleford Tigers this Friday at the A.J Bell Stadium.

The Red Devils got their first Betfred Super League win over Leigh Centurions last Friday, but Marshall is now focused on building momentum and consistency.

“A win raises everybody’s spirit but then expectations are lifted as well,” said Marshall.

“We want to be able to back up our performances and build on our efforts. We know the challenge is going to be difficult against Castleford but we’re at home, and we want to build on our home form as well.”

Castleford, who recently appointed Lee Radford as head coach for the 2022 Betfred Super League season, have started the season strongly.

The Tigers sit 4th in the Betfred Super League, winning three out of their first four league games this season.

Castleford’s attack has been particularly impressive, boasting the most tries scored so far this season. Marshall knows his defence will be have to be on top form.

Marshall said: “That would be the main challenge this week.”

“Castleford are a very good attacking team. They’ve got some flair and skills on the edges. Are we able to compete and go against them? Yes, we are.”

Marshall is faced with another selection headache with Matt Costello unavailable and Elijah Taylor still ruled out, but there will be a return to the squad in the shape of Kallum Watkins.

It will also be the first of back-to-back contests with Castleford Tigers, with both teams meeting again in next week’s Betfred Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals. But that won’t have too much bearing on Friday’s game according to Marshall.

“You know a lot more about the opposition but at the level we coach at you watch 3-4 games of opposition every week before a game,” Marshall added.

“It’s a double-edge sword really, they find a little more about you and you find a little more about them. But we’re not a team that wants to change too much. We want to find our own style. Castleford have been working as a team for a long time. They do things in certain ways and there very, very effective, so our defence has to be on this week.”

“A cup game is completely different though. A cup game is a one-off, it’s knockout and it’s a Quarter-Final so we’ll look forward to that but hopefully win this one first and build some momentum into that game.”

Subscribe to RDTV to hear everything Richard Marshall had to say ahead of Round 5.

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Written by: Callum Williams

Marshall – “We’ll have to be at our best”

Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall is looking to build momentum from his team’s first Betfred Super League win of the season when his side take on Castleford Tigers this Friday.

Salford ran out 34-8 winners over Leigh Centurions last Friday. Yet Marshall knows that his team will have to be at their best come their next tie.

“It will be a tough game, they’re a good team,” Marshall said.

“We’ll have to be at our best, our defence will have to improve, our ball control will have to improve. But I think there’s a lot more improvement with this squad, we’ve gave ourselves a chance and we’ll be going to compete.”

Castleford lost their first game of the season 22-12 last Thursday to Wigan Warriors. The Tigers sit 4th in the Betfred Super League standings and will be looking to bounce back from their loss when Salford welcome them at the AJ Bell stadium.

But spirits will be high in the Salford camp after their first league victory for not only the club, but the head coach as well.

“We feel good,” said Marshall. “We know we have to play better over the next couple of weeks.

“We’re all in it together. It’s not about me. For our club and our supporters, we owed them a performance. When you do that you usually win the game, so we look to concentrate on the performance first and as a result of performing really well.”

Marshall will have some thinking to do ahead of the clash with Tigers, with a number of regulars potentially unavailable for Round 5.

Marshall added: “We had a couple of injuries from the Catalans game. Kallum Watkins he’s got a small fracture in the hand; we don’t think it’s too bad, but he may miss next week (this Friday).

“Pauli Pauli rolled his ankle, so he wasn’t fit. Elijah (Taylor) has a shoulder problem that we can’t keep on top of.”

You can watch Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers live on Sky Sports, kick-off at 7:45pm, or on Our League if you’re a season ticket holder.

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Written by: Callum Williams