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PREVIEW | WARRINGTON WOLVES VS SALFORD RED DEVILS | SUNDAY 3RD JULY 2022

Looking to build on their record-breaking victory last weekend, Salford Red Devils travel to face Warrington Wolves in Round 17 of the Betfred Super League.

It was an unforgettable day for the adoring AJ Bell faithful, with Sunday’s 74-10 victory the club’s biggest ever points margin and points scored to date. The Red Devils’ attacking flair was on full display, with a whole host of players getting on the scoresheet in some style.

Joe Burgess bagged his second hat-trick of the season, Deon Cross, Ryan Brierley, and Ken Sio all notched braces, with Kallum Watkins, Brodie Croft, Tim Lafai, and Sitaleki Akaoula completing the scoring.

Warrington – under the guidance of Daryl Powell – have struggled to build momentum this season and sit below Salford in 9th place – with 50 points difference separating the two sides locked on 12 points.

Back in April, the Wire beat Salford 32-18 on Rivals Round, so the Red Devils will be looking for revenge as well as another vital two points.

Speaking to the press ahead of this one, head coach Paul Rowley has been discussing how high the confidence is around the squad after such an emphatic victory last Sunday.

He said: “It’s always high, to be honest. I think that’s one of the good things about our group, no matter what the outcome is at the weekend, we’ve always said and maintained that we’ve been on this journey of improvement.

“And I think, ultimately, as individuals, you can see everybody has improved from the start to where we are now and that makes the difference when you put it all together.

“So, we’ve got some really high achievers within the group and it’s a good place to be in. It’s always positive and we’ll be positive going into this week as well.”

Moving on to analyze his own style of play, Rowley says that all the hard work on the training ground has translated into some incredible attacking displays.

“We have a philosophy that we bring to the club. Going toe-to-toe and playing in a manner like some teams where you can build your game around territory and possession – like Huddersfield and Saints – we don’t have the personnel to fit that bill,” Rowley continued.

“We have the least amount of territory than any other team, so to be the fourth-best attacking team in the league is phenomenal. It’s certainly in our DNA and what we practise for, but ultimately it’s hard work and it’s a difficult process, but we work to our strengths.”

Salford certainly have the momentum and – with a large traveling crowd expected – they’ll be hoping to reach the same levels as last Sunday.

“Something to be proud of” – Paul Rowley

Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley has heaped praise on Brodie Croft after his Man of the Match display in Sunday’s record-breaking 74-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity.

The stand-off was one of several standout candidates on an afternoon where the Red Devils broke the record for their biggest ever points margin and points scored in the Betfred Super League.

Despite falling behind early on, Paul Rowley’s side sprang into life and played some electric rugby league in front of the adoring AJ Bell faithful. Tim Lafai’s instant response was followed by tries from Deon Cross, Ken Sio, Ryan Brierley, and a brace for Joe Burgess before the break.

Salford’s intensity amplified in the second forty, with Brierley, Cross, and Sio grabbing their second of the game before Burgess acrobatically secured his hat-trick. There was even time for tries from Kallum Watkins, Sitaleki Akauola and Brodie Croft to pile the pain on the visitors.

Speaking of Croft, he was the main topic of conversation in Paul Rowley’s post-match press conference and the head coach revealed his emotions when substituting one of his key men late into the game.

“The game of rugby league is made for Brodie Croft!” Paul Rowley began.

“If you don’t know him well enough he’s an all-around rugby league player, he’s an all-around character, he’s fantastic. The highlight of my day was subbing him off because I got to – with my assistant coach – have a bit of an emotional moment because we were so proud of seeing him get a standing ovation.

“He’s had an international week and he’s walked off to a standing ovation. To me, that was the highlight of my day. I was so pleased for him.”

Moving on to gush with praise about the performance as a collective, Rowley believes the record-breaking day is something to be proud of.

Rowley continued: “It’s really rewarding for the players. To get something so positive associated with the club and the players is just-reward for the lads and really something to be proud about for the whole club and the supporters as well.

“We are really delighted with it and we do not take it lightly at all,” he concluded.

Next up for the Red Devils is a trip to local rivals, Warrington in Round 17 of the Betfred Super League. Rowley and his players will want to carry this form into another key fixture to showcase their attacking flair at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 74-10 WAKEFIELD TRINITY | SUNDAY 26TH JUNE 2022

Salford Red Devils pulled off a stunning, record-breaking 74-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity at the AJ Bell Stadium this afternoon, in Round 16 of the Betfred Super League.

It looked set to be Wakefield’s day within five minutes when they took the lead through James Batchelor. The score was evened out 10 minutes later thanks to Tim Lafai, who dived on Harvey Livett grubber kick to score in the left corner.

Three minutes later, the Red Devils took the lead thanks to an Andy Ackers offload that allowed Salford to keep the ball alive down the right flank. The ball was worked to Deon Cross, who effortlessly dummied his man and went over in front of the South stand.

Ken Sio made it 16-6 in the 23rd minute, after a lofted ball from Brodie Croft was gathered by our number 2 and touched down in the right corner.

From the restart, Salford moved up the field quickly. On the third set, the ball was shifted left and into the hands of Joe Burgess, who demonstrated his blistering speed by sprinting 40 metres down the wing to score.

Just after the half-hour mark, Livett sent another neat grubber kick into the left corner that Burgess was first to, doubling his try tally for the afternoon.

In the 35th minute, Croft broke the Wakefield line and offloaded to the supporting Ryan Brierley who dived over to the right of the sticks.

Marc Sneyd extended Salford’s lead right on the half-time hooter, with a penalty-goal.

HALF-TIME: SALFORD RED DEVILS 32-6 WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Salford started the second forty in the same manner that they finished the first – scoring points. Sneyd sent a grubber kick into the in-goal area that Brodie Croft, today’s Player of the Match, dived on unchallenged.

Kallum Watkins was on the end of a thrilling move from Salford, to slide under the sticks in the 42nd minute.

Wakefield scored their second and last try of the afternoon in the 51st minute through Lewis Murphy.

Salford responded with another try and it was Sio who went over for his second of the afternoon in the 55th minute.

The next ten minutes saw tries from Cross and Sitaleki Akauola, both successfully converted by Sneyd.

Brierley went over in the 72nd minute to make it two tries for our fullback on the day, with Burgess completing his hat-trick a few minutes later.

FULL-TIME: SALFORD RED DEVILS 74-10 WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Salford: Brierley, Sio, Cross, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Ormondroyd, Ackers, Gerrard, Livett, Watkins, Akauola, Atkin, Luckley, Dupree, Taylor.

Wakefield: Gaskell, Lineham, Croft, Minns, Murphy, Lino, Miller, Hood, Fifita, Whitbread, Ashurst, Pitts, Batchelor, Tanginoa, Battye, Butler, Crowther

Salford tries: Lafai, Cross (2), Sio (2), Burgess (3), Brierley (2), Croft, Watkins, Akauola

Salford goals: Sneyd (10/13)

Salford penalty-goals: Sneyd (1/1)

Wakefield tries: Batchelor, Murphy

Wakefield goals: Lino (1/2)

Referee: J. Smith

Image credit: Steve McCormick

PREVIEW | SALFORD RED DEVILS VS WAKEFIELD TRINITY | SUNDAY 26TH JUNE 2022

Salford Red Devils welcome Wakefield Trinity to the AJ Bell Stadium in the Betfred Super League tomorrow afternoon, with the Round 16 clash presenting a huge opportunity to open a two-point gap on Willie Poching’s side.

After a week break for the players not on international duty, it’s full steam ahead for Paul Rowley’s side, as they look to climb up the table. The game against Wakefield begins a huge stretch of crucial fixtures for the Red Devils, with a Magic Weekend clash against Huddersfield Giants also on the horizon.

In the reverse fixture between the two sides, Salford almost pulled off a stunning second-half comeback. Despite trailing 24-4 at half-time, Rowley’s men emerged after the interval full of energy and scored four excellently worked tries.

However, their efforts were ultimately in vain, with a narrow 30-24 defeat a tough result to take having performed so well. Rhys Williams – who captained Wales last weekend – scored a brace that day, and has been named in Paul Rowley’s 19-man squad for Round 16.

Ahead of the highly-anticipated clash, Rowley has been speaking to the press about where the game could be won and lost.

Rowley said: “We played Wakefield at their place before and I think in the first-half our defence was poor – certainly on transitioning. We’ve got to be better because they are a team that scores plenty of points.

“I think we’ll get the opportunity to score points ourselves, so what we do defensively will be key and obviously keeping hold of the ball.”

Also, with the two sides locked on level points, Rowley knows there is no point in playing down the importance of this fixture and picking up the two points.

The head coach continued: “Ultimately, I won’t go down that track of saying this is just another game, it’s a big game and I think we all realise that. The opportunity is there for us to progress, but the jeopardy is still there too for both teams.

“So it’s got all the ingredients of a good game and what we need is the Salford crowd supporting us and winning us a few decisions as well.  We want to win the 50/50s and it’s the supporters, the noise, that’ll help encourage them to come our way.”

Pre-match on Sunday, Salford will be hosting and participating in an LDSL festival at the AJ Bell Stadium. Following on from our clash with Wakefield, Lancashire and Yorkshire face off in the Academy Origin series, kick-off 5:15pm.

Round 16 tickets are valid for all of Sunday’s action and can be purchased HERE.

“Summer 6” multi-game ticket

SUMMER 6 TICKET

On Monday, Salford Red Devils were pleased to announce the “Summer 6” multi-game ticket, that will grant fans access to all six remaining home games for the 2022 Betfred Super League season.

This new multi-game ticket is valid for the following first team home games:

  • Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity | 26/06/22 | 3pm KO
  • Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons | 17/07/22c| 3pm KO
  • Salford Red Devils v St. Helens | 31/07/22 | 3pm KO
  • Salford Red Devils v Huddersfield Giants | 15/08/22 | 3pm KO
  • Salford Red Devils v Hull FC | 25/08/22 | 7:45pm KO
  • Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves | 03/09/22 | 3pm KO

 

Most of the games included in “Summer 6” are held on Sundays, which is perfect for family experiences. There will be plenty going on in and around the AJ Bell Stadium on match days, to keep the whole family entertained.

Our upcoming clash with Wakefield Trinity is a must-win game for the Red Devils, as Salford have just a two-point edge over the West Yorkshire side in the league table. Before this Round 16 clash, our Learning Disabilities Super League team will be competing in a LDSL festival on the 3G Astroturf pitch next to the AJ Bell Stadium. Following on from the first team action, the second of this year’s three-match Academy Origin series between Lancashire and Yorkshire, will be taking place on the main stadium pitch.

We welcome the defending Betfred Super League Champions, St. Helens, on Sunday 31st July. Last time out in the league against Saints, Salford were denied a late winner in the most dramatic of styles. Head coach Paul Rowley will be looking to even it out and pick up the two points, when St. Helens visit the AJ Bell Stadium late next month.

Four of our women’s team games are also included in the “Summer 6” multi-game ticket and will be contested on the AJ Bell Stadium training pitch on the same day that the men play:

  • Salford Red Devils Women v Hull KR | 17/07/22| 12:30pm KO
  • Salford Red Devils Women v Widnes | 14/08/22 | 2pm KO
  • Salford Red Devils v Hull FC | 25/08/22 | 5:15pm KO
  • Salford Red Devils v Oulton Raidettes | 03/09/22 | KO TBD

 

With adults from £105, children from just £5 and so much going on at the AJ Bell Stadium on match days, you’re getting great value for money! Purchase your “Summer 6” multi-game ticket HERE.

Rhys Williams to captain Wales on record-breaking appearance

Rhys Williams will captain Wales when he makes a record-breaking 31st appearance for his country against France on Sunday. 

Williams will set a new record for appearances for the men’s senior side, surpassing former teammates Jordan James and Ian Watson. He already holds the record for most tries scored by a Welshman at men’s senior level, with 22.

Our winger could face off against Red Devils teammate, Morgan Escare, who was yesterday named in France’s squad for Sunday’s clash.

The squad in full: Bailey Antrobus* (York City Knights), Joe Burke (West Wales Raiders), Chester Butler (Huddersfield Giants – on loan at Bradford Bulls), Michael Butt (Swinton Lions), Connor Davies (Workington Town), Curtis Davies (Workington Town), Will Evans* (Whitehaven), Ben Evans (Bradford Bulls), Kyle Evans* (Wakefield Trinity), Jude Ferreira* (Hull FC – on loan London Broncos), Matty Fozard (Widnes Vikings), Dalton Grant (London Broncos), Cobi Green* (Rochdale Hornets), Tom Hopkins* (Barrow Raiders), Lewis Hulme* (Widnes Vikings), Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Owen Restall* (Oldham Roughyeds), Luis Roberts* (Leigh Centurions), Luke Thomas* (Warrington Wolves), Anthony Walker (Bradford Bulls), Rhys Williams (c) (Salford Red Devils).  *Uncapped

Lafai to remain a Red until end of 2023

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that the one-year option in Tim Lafai’s contract has been taken up, meaning the centre will remain a Red until at least the end of 2023.

Arriving at the Club in January as the second signing of head coach Paul Rowley’s reign, Lafai, who is sponsored by  has impressed in his first season in the Betfred Super League.

The centre, who has 10 years of NRL experience and has represented Samoa 17 times, including 9s competitions, has been one of Salford’s most consistent players this year.

Paul Rowley commented: “We’re really pleased to have Tim extend his stay at the club. Myself, the staff and all the players really appreciate Tim as both a player and a person.

“He’s a fantastic lad who has really bought into the culture we are growing at the club and I’m sure he will play a big part in the club’s growth and progression moving forward.”

Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, added: “Bringing Tim to Salford was a signing we all put a lot of thought into. However, given Tim’s previous NRL career, we became certain that Tim would hit the ground running in Super League and would prove to become a success at the club.

“We’re extremely happy that we put our faith in Tim as he’s been a tremendous addition to the group since pulling on the Salford shirt and has been one of our standout players every week. Taking the option up to have him with us for another year was an easy decision and hopefully we can do work on something more long-term with Tim as he carries on to progress at the Red Devils.”

Join Lafai on Sunday 26th June, when Salford host Wakefield Trinity for Round 16 of the Betfred Super League. Tickets available HERE.

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 12-30 WIGAN WARRIORS | FRIDAY 10TH JUNE 2022

Despite a highly-contested first forty from both sides, Wigan Warriors took the two points in Round 15 with a 30-12 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium this evening.

The only try of the first half came in the 9th minute as Wigan created an overload on the left. that resulted in an offload from Liam Marshall to send Harry Smith over the try-line and put the visitors in front.

Quality defence from both teams kept it a tight contest as both sides tussled for control of the arm wrestle right up to half-time.

Half-time: Salford Red Devils 0-6 Wigan Warriors

Five minutes into the second forty, Wigan extended their lead. A neat grubber kick from former Red Devil Jake Bibby, was scooped up and acrobatically grounded in the left corner by Marshall.

A combination from Jai Field and Bevan French saw the Warriors cover 70 metres down the right flank, ending with four points from French in the 50th minute.

The next ten minutes saw the visitors strike another two times down the right – French and Marshall both hitting braces for the night.

French’s hat-trick came in the 62nd minute thanks to a defence-splitting grubber kick from Marshall that allowed Wigan’s number 1 to stroll over virtually unopposed.

Salford scored their first try of the game in the 74th minute, after a sustained period of pressure concluded with Deon Cross crashing over in the right corner.

Two minutes before the final hooter, Brodie Croft sent a grubber kick into the in-goal area that was grasped by Kallum Watkins for his 150th career try.

Full-time: Salford Red Devils 12-30 Wigan Warriors

Salford Red Devils: Brierley, Sio, Cross, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Akauola, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Livett, Watkins, Taylor, Dupree, Gerrard, Luckley, Bourouh.

Wigan Warriors: Field, French, Isa, Bibby, Marshall, Smith, Leuluai, Singleton, Powell, Byrne, Farrell, Bateman, Ellis, Mago, Partington, Havard, Shorrocks.

Salford tries: Cross (74), Watkins (78)

Salford goals: Sneyd (2/2)

Wigan tries: Smith (9), Marshall (45, 59), French (50, 57, 62)

Wigan goals: Smith (3/6)

Referee: Chris Kendall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

 

Half-time Draw Numbers;

1st: 1250

2nd: 2075

PREVIEW | SALFORD RED DEVILS vs WIGAN WARRIORS | FRIDAY 10th JUNE 2022

Salford Red Devils welcome Betfred Challenge Cup winners Wigan Warriors to the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night in Round 15 of the Betfred Super League.

After back-to-back victories against Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers, the Red Devils were beaten 43-16 by Tony Smith’s Hull KR on Sunday afternoon. Despite being inches from taking the lead following a quick Ken Sio and Deon Cross breakaway, the hosts quickly took control of the game, with Lachlan Coote the standout performer.

Paul Rowley’s side will have the opportunity to dust themselves down and go again on Friday night, with the AJ Bell Stadium crowd hoping to power their side towards a memorable result against the Cherry and Whites.

After Challenge Cup success, Wigan produced a fine second-half comeback to beat Castleford Tigers 12-32 in Round 14 and continue to breathe down the necks of St Helens in top spot.

Speaking to the press before the game, Red Devils boss Paul Rowley has been reflecting on the weekend and admitted he using it as a springboard with his players to rebuild some confidence going into tonight’s crucial fixture.

Rowley said: “Wigan are the form team at the moment. This is a chance to put things right after Sunday. We’ve been honest and brutal with each other (since Sunday). We win and lose together.”

Despite defeat last Sunday, Rowley continues to believe in his squad and has not once questioned their commitment to what they’re trying to achieve.

“We’ve got a small squad but that’s never affected our desire and our enthusiasm,” Rowley continued, “We want to carry on building our reputation and we can do that with more good performances.”

In Salford’s 21-man squad, supporters will be pleased to see Andy Ackers return at hooker after his brief spell out with injury. Sam Luckley also returns to the squad, with Ryan Lannon missing out with the finger injury he picked up early into last weekend’s clash.

As one of the Red Devils’ dearest rivals comes to town, it’s certain to be an electric atmosphere inside the AJ Bell, with another fascinating 80 minutes of action in-store.

MATCH REPORT | HULL KR 43-16 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SUNDAY 5TH JUNE 2022

Salford failed to make it three league wins on the bounce in East Hull this afternoon, losing 43-16 to Tony Smith’s Hull KR.

The Red Devils had the first big chance of the game in the eighth minute. Deon Cross broke down the right flank and exchanged the ball back and forth with the supporting Ken Sio, before the winger sent a grubber kick ahead of himself that was just too heavy.

Lachlan Coote put the hosts in front three minutes later, latching onto the end of his own kick to score to the left of the sticks.

Coote doubled his try tally in the 15th minute thanks to Mikey Lewis’ footwork – KR’s number 20 weaved through the middle of the Salford line and fed Coote who dived over under the posts.

Just after the half-way mark of the first forty, Ryan Hall got himself on the scoresheet. KR moved the ball left from a scrum and a looping pass out wide allowed Hall to stroll over unopposed.

Salford responded five minutes later with their first try of the game. Penned in in the left corner, the Red Devils managed to keep the ball alive on the last tackle and it eventually found itself in the in-goal area for Kallum Watkins to get a hand to.

Just before the hooter to signal the interval, Coote sent over a drop-goal 20 metres out.

Half-time: Hull KR 19-6 Salford Red Devils

Hall picked up his second try of the game in the 49th minute, receiving the ball out left and darting over the try-line from 5 metres out.

Tyler Dupree saw yellow in the 56th minute for an altercation with Elliot Minchella, before Elliot Ryan extended the Robins’ lead in the 63rd minute with a try under the sticks.

The Robins kept their momentum going and scored again three minutes later. This time it was Ben Crooks who powered through a gap in the Salford line. Harvey Livett was sent to the sin-bin following Crooks’ try for arguing with referee Tom Grant.

The last 10 minutes saw Cross and Joe Burgess score for Salford, with Crooks’ second in between for KR, but they were merely a consolation.

Full-time: Hull KR 43-16 Salford Red Devils

Hull KR: Coote, Ryan, Crooks, Kenny-Dowall, Hall, Milnes, Lewis, Storton, Parcell, King, Halton, Johnson, Hadley, Vete, Litten, Minchella, Keinhorst

Salford: Brierley, Sio, Cross, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Ormondroyd, Bourouh, Gerrard, Watkins, Livett, Taylor, Addy, Escare, Dupree, Lannon.

KR tries: Coote (11, 15), Hall (22, 49),  Ryan (63), Crooks (66, 75)

KR goals: Coote (7/7)

KR drop-goals: Coote (40)

Salford tries: Watkins (27), Cross, Burgess

Salford goals: Sneyd (2/3)

Referee: Tom Grant

Image credit: Steve McCormick