Category: Rugby

MATCH REPORT | CASTLEFORD TIGERS 29-18 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2021

A quite depleted Salford Red Devils side fell to a 29-18 defeat against Castleford Tigers at St James’ Park this afternoon, in the 2021 Dacia Magic Weekend opener.

After Andy Ackers and Jack Ormondroyd picked up knocks in Monday’s victory over Hull FC, Salford went into today’s fixture with an injury list in double figures, with Harvey Livett also pulling out in the warm-up with a calf injury.

Paul McShane put Cas ahead after 10 minutes, fainting a pass to open up the Salford defence and free up some space for him to power through.

Salford responded four minutes later through Ken Sio down the right, Tui Lolohea drawing a number of Cas players in before feeding Super League’s leading try scorer to cut inside and go over.

The Tigers took the lead once more four minutes later, McShane involved again as the number 9 fed Daniel Smith, who rolled his shoulders and crashed over to the left of the sticks.

In the 25th minute, quick hands down the left set Joe Burgess up to stroll over in the corner and get Salford back in the contest.

Oliver Holmes powered over shortly before the interval however, meaning Daryl Powell’s men went into the break with a small lead.

Halftime: Castleford Tigers 16-12 Salford Red Devils

The Tigers were first on the scoreboard once more in the second half, former Red Devil Jordan Turner going over down the left.

Two minutes before the hour mark, Ata Hingano picked up his first Salford try, throwing a dummy pass and wriggling over to the left of the sticks after repeat sets broke down the Cas defence.

Peter Mata’utia secured the win for Castleford with seven minutes to go, worming his way through a gap in the Salford line to end any hopes of a comeback for the Red Devils.

Turner added another point to the Tigers’ lead just before the final hooter with a drop-goal.

Salford’s next game comes on Saturday 11th September, kick-off 3pm, against Warrington Wolves. Tickets are on sale HERE.

Fulltime: Castleford Tigers 29-18 Salford Red Devils

Castleford Tigers: Evalds, Olpherts, Blair, Shenton, Clare, Mata’utia, Turner, Griffin, McShane, Smith, Sene-Leffao, Holmes, Milner, Foster, Hepi, Matagi.

Castleford tries: McShane, Smith, Holmes, Turner, Mata’utia

Castleford goals: Mata’utia (4/5)

Salford tries: Sio, Burgess, Hingano

Salford goals: Inu (3/3)

Referee: Chris Kendall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 42-14 HULL FC | MONDAY 30TH AUGUST 2021

Four tries and a Man of the Match performance this afternoon in Round 22 of the Betfred Super League, helped Salford Red Devils breeze past Hull FC 42-14.

Marshall’s men were up against tough competition in what was their third game in only 8 days, but a dominant second half display ensured that the Red Devils responded well to their last two Super League defeats.

It was the visitors who took the lead however, Ligi Sao darting through a gap to ground the ball behind the sticks after four minutes.

Salford responded in the 13th minute after repeat sets wore the Hull FC defence down, allowing Ken Sio to go over in the right corner.

The visitors went back in front in the 25th minute through a Marc Sneyd penalty-goal, after Salford were penalised for a high tackle.

Four minutes before halftime, Ken Sio picked up his second try of the afternoon through a well-worked effort from Dan Sarginson on the left flank to find the number 2, who was out wide down the right, with a kick that Sio collected before slicing the Hull defence with a grubber kick and getting onto the end of it.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 12-8 Hull FC

The Black and Whites struck first again in the second half, taking the lead once more but this time through Danny Houghton, who was first to a Sneyd grubber kick behind the posts.

Just before the hour mark, Tui Lolohea earned Salford a set restart metres out from FC’s try-line, and Chris Atkin caught the visitors napping and scurried over from dummy half.

In the 67th minute, Salford struck again. Joe Burgess was first to a high kick in the in-goal area and batted the ball back, on the last, for Harvey Livett to collect and ground to the left of the sticks.

Minutes later, Burgess scored a try of his own, darting down the left wing after quick hands from the Red Devils to work the ball out wide created a route to the try-line for our number 5.

Sio completed his hat-trick two minutes later, catching a looping ball from Tui L0lohea before cutting back inside and powering through two Hull FC players to score down the right.

Three clearly was not enough though for Sio, who rounded off a fantastic performance with a length-of-the-field try just before the hooter.

Today’s result puts Salford in good stead for our Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Castleford Tigers this Saturday, with tickets available HERE.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 42-14 Hull FC

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Inu, Sarginson, Burgess, Lolohea, Hingano, Ormondroyd, Johnson, Robson, Burke, Luckley, Roberts, Lannon, Addy.

Salford tries: Sio (4) Atkin, Livett, Burgess.

Salford goals: Inu (7/7)

Hull FC tries: Sao, Houghton

Hull FC goals: Sneyd (3/3)

Referee: S. Mikalauskas

Image credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH REPORT | LEIGH CENTURIONS 32-22 SALFORD RED DEVILS | SUNDAY 22ND AUGUST 2021

Despite leading twice at Leigh Sports Village, Salford Red Devils went home empty-handed following their 32-22 defeat to Leigh Centurions in tonight’s Rivals Round clash.

Salford took the lead after two minutes through Rhys Williams, who strolled over down the left after a looping pass from Tui Lolohea put him in.

Joe Mellor got the hosts on the scoreboard in the 19th minute after getting onto the end of his own grubber kick to ground the ball between the sticks.

Leigh then worked the ball right in the 23rd minute, stretching Salford’s defence enough for Keanan Brand to slot through a gap and score.

On the half-hour mark, Harvey Livett slid over in the left corner for Salford, but two successful penalty conversions in the first forty from Craig Mullen added that extra cushion to the Centurions’ lead at the break.

Halftime: Leigh Centurions 14-10 Salford Red Devils

Salford were first on the scoreboard once more in the second forty. After a set restart metres out from Leigh’s try-line and three attempts to go over, Ken Sio managed to ground the ball in the right corner in the 46th minute.

The Red Devils’ lead was erased six minutes later, following a successful penalty conversion from Mullen, who went on to score another three before the final hooter.

Six minutes from time, Liam Hood dived over to the left of the sticks for Leigh, and Adam Sidlow crashed over three minutes later for the home side.

Sio picked up a late consolation try just before the final hooter, crashing over to the right of the sticks.

Fulltime: Leigh Centurions 32-22 Salford Red Devils

Leigh Centurions: Brand, Elliot, Stone, Thornley, Mullen, Bell, Mellor, Ashworth, Eaves, Sidlow, Hellewell, Foster, Gerrard, Hood, Butler, Ioane, Haggerty.

Leigh tries: Mellor, Brand, Hood, Sidlow

Leigh goals: Mullen (8/9)

Salford Red Devils: Lolohea, Sio, Inu, Sarginson, Williams, Hingano, Brown, Johnson, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Livett, Greenwood, Addy, Norman, Taylor, Lannon, Burke.

Salford tries: Williams, Livett, Sio (2)

Salford goals: Inu (3/5)

Referee: Marcus Griffiths

Image credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 18-12 HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS | FRIDAY 13TH AUGUST 2021

On a day marked as unlucky for some, Salford Red Devils pulled off a brilliant victory over Ian Watson’s Huddersfield Giants to secure the double over the West Yorkshire side this year in the Betfred Super League.

Marshall’s men gave skipper Lee Mossop the send-off he rightfully deserved, coming from behind to win through a resilient and determined performance.

The visitors took a marginal lead early on after Salford conceded a penalty –  young Will Pryce converting for the Giants.

Matty English then picked up the first try of the evening, spotting a gap and powering over to the right of the sticks to extend Huddersfield’s lead.

With three minutes to go before halftime, Krisnan Inu intercepted a pass and fed Rhys Williams, who ran the entire length of the field to put Salford back in the game at the interval.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 6-8 Huddersfield Giants

Salford started the second forty a lot better than they did the first, taking the lead for the first time through Tui Lolohea, who darted through a gap in the Giants line and grounded it in the right corner.

Another Giants penalty five minutes later, successfully converted by Pryce once more, levelled the scoring at 10-10, after Inu missed the conversion following Lolohea’s try.

Giants then took back control of the arm wrestle in the 55th minute through another penalty goal – Pryce with the boot 0nce more.

However, a bit of magic from Man of the Match Andy Ackers three minutes later, put Salford back in front. The hooker sent a neat grubber kick behind the sticks that prop Jack Ormondroyd got a hand to in front of the booming south stand.

With 17 minutes to go, Salford earned a penalty after a high tackle from the Giants defence and the Red Devils opted for the two – Inu slotting it over to extend his side’s lead.

Despite a late bust up that saw Greg Burke and Leroy Cudjoe see yellow, Salford’s defence held on to make it three Super League wins in a row against the Giants.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 18-12 Huddersfield Giants

Salford Red Devils: Lolohea, Williams, Inu, Costello, Burgess, Atkin, Brown, Johnson, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Livett, Greenwood, Burke, Luckley, Norman, Addy, Robson.

Huddersfield Giants: Golding, Leutele, Wardle, Cudjoe, Senior, Senior, Cogger, Pryce, Trout, Peats, Wilson, Greenwood, Jones, Yates, English, Hewitt. Peteru, Wood.

Salford tries: Williams, Lolohea, Ormondroyd

Salford goals: Inu (3/4)

Huddersfield tries: English

Huddersfield goals: Pryce (5/5)

Referee: Chris Kendall

Image credit: Steve McCormick

MATCH REPORT | LEEDS RHINOS 38-16 SALFORD RED DEVILS | FRIDAY 23RD JULY 2021

Despite a positive end to the game for Marshall’s men, Salford Red Devils fell to a 38-16 defeat away to Leeds Rhinos tonight in Round 15 of the Betfred Super League.

Three tries in the first forty from the hosts made it 20-0 at the break, and although the Red Devils responded in the second half, they could not quite hold off the Leeds attack.

Harry Newman was first on the scoreboard after seven minutes, going over in the left corner after some quick hands from Leeds’ left edge.

The hosts exploited Salford’s right edge again minutes later but this time it was Kruise Leeming who grounded the ball down the left.

Leeds received a penalty in the 23rd minute after Seb Ikahihifo was penalised for a dangerous tackle, and the Rhinos opted for the two – Rhyse Martin converting.

Leeming doubled his try tally just after the half-hour mark, strolling over behind the sticks.

Halftime: Leeds Rhinos 20-0 Salford Red Devils

Salford started the second forty a lot better than they started the first, getting themselves on the scoreboard in the 47th minute after Morgan Escare fed Ken Sio to dive over down the right wing.

Minutes later, poor discipline punished Salford again after Lolohea and Ikahihifo both were sin-binned.

The next ten minutes saw Callum Mclelland and King Vuniyayawa score for Leeds, before the Red Devils were back on the scoreboard once more.

Sio ran almost the entire length of the field but a pursuing wave of Leeds players meant he was forced to kick the ball into the direction of Lolohea, who was first to the loose ball to go over in the right corner.

Leeds captain Matt Prior scurried over the line to the left of the sticks in the 74th minute but it was Salford who scored the last try of the evening, Inu powering over. Richard Myler saw yellow with three minutes to go, but he and his teammates took the two points at the final hooter.

Fulltime: Leeds Rhinos 20-0 Salford Red Devils

Leeds Rhinos: Myler, Briscoe, Hurrell, Newman, Handley, Sutcliffe, Mclelland, Prior, Leeming, Vuniyayawa, Mellor, Martin, O’Connor, Dwyer, Briscoe, Donaldson, Smith, Agar.

Leeds tries: Newman, Leeming (2), Mclelland, Vuniyayawa, Prior

Leeds goals: Martin (6/7)

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Inu, Livett, Williams, Lolohea, Atkin, Mossop, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Wells, Pauli, Lannon, Hingano, Ikahihifo, Luckley, Roberts.

Salford tries: Sio, Lolohea, Inu

Salford goals: Inu (2/3)

Referee: Ben Thaler

Image credit: Steve McCormick

RED DEVILS’ ACADEMY SLAY WOLVES IN THEIR OWN DEN

Salford Red Devils Academy team carried on exactly from where they left off last week, for having seen off the Wales Academy, in front of the first actual crowd of spectators, at the A J Bell Stadium, seven days ago, they travelled to Warrington to take on Super League opposition, in the form of the Wolves.

For those who had been fortunate enough to witness the young Red Devils in that dummy run for the opening up of the stadium, last week, there might have been those who expected them to find life considerably more difficult against such renowned opposition.  Nothing could have been further from the truth, and as if to underline the point, the Salford lads racked up what must be something of a record score against a Warrington side, at this level.

The game was barely a few minutes old when the visitors crossed for the first of their tries, courtesy second rower, Jack Kenway, with Jack Stevens adding on the extras.  Within minutes, the score board was in operation again when Michael Los cut through to take the tally into double figures, and it was not long before a second unconverted try was secured by Ben Wharton, taking the score to 0-14.

Jack Kenway, who, unfortunately, had hit the post with his first conversion attempt from Wharton’s try, was on target with his next attempt from in front of the posts, following scrum half, jack Stevens’s individual effort, bringing their points to twenty, in almost as many minutes.

It had been an incredible start to the game by the Red Devils who looked as though they could score whenever they wished to do so.  The platform was undoubtedly laid by the forwards, who ran with such determination and conviction, that it had the Warrington defensive line absolutely reeling.  Add to that a couple of extremely clever half backs, and the spine completed with equally effective fullback and hooker, and virtually one-way traffic was the result.

The only blots on their copybook came with two separate lapses of concentration.  The interception of a Salford pass, some twenty-five metres from their own line, saw the Wolves capitalise with a try of their own, totally against the run of the play to bring the score to 4-14.

A second Warrington try came later in the half, when the right edge defence failed to slide across towards the touchline despite calls from teammates to do so, and a gap large enough for the home attack to exploit saw them double their score.

It was, nevertheless, Salford who finished the half with two further scores to put themselves comfortably in control, 8-30, at half time.

That comfort might have been just a little too much so, as things began to unfold in the second half.  As one might have expected, the home side used the interval to regroup, and they returned to the fray with much greater determination than they had been able to muster in the opening forty minutes.  In the face of this, and coupled with one or two changes of personnel, the Salford side began to lose their way a little.

The absolutely clinical way in which they had put away every clear-cut opportunity was suddenly missing, and they also began to lose a little composure, possibly as a result of frustration, and, after a period with each side vying for superiority, it was Warrington who broke the deadlock, though still without the extras from a conversion which might, otherwise, have caused some rather greater concern in the Red Devils’ ranks.

A return to basics and the hard graft of the early stages of the first half was called for, and this gradually rebuilt the composure and confidence needed.  The final period belonged totally to the Reds, and they exploited it to the full, with tries coming thick and fast to keep the scoreboard turning over, right up to the final whistle.

SALFORD SCORERS

TRIES:  Jack Kenway (2), Mike Los (2), Ben Wharton, Jack Stevens, Alec Walton, Charlie McManus, Lucas Prescott

GOALS:  Jack Kenway (8)

SALFORD TEAM:

Morgan Kelly, Clifford Howard, Michael Loss, Ben Wharton, Alec Walton, Charlie McManus, Jack Stevens, Kal Barker, Owen Turner, Tom Hunter, Lucas Prescott, Jack Kenway, Josh Connolly

REPLACEMENTS:

Billy Wadeson, Callum Hughes, Lucas Coan, Nathan Connell

MATCH REPORT | SALFORD RED DEVILS 16-17 WIGAN WARRIORS | SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2021

A Jackson Hastings drop-goal was the difference this afternoon as Salford Red Devils fell to a 16-17 defeat against Wigan Warriors.

After taking the lead and going into the interval four points ahead in front of a busy AJ Bell Stadium, the visitors brought it back in the second forty and clinched the victory three minutes from time.

Marshall’s men took the lead inside 10 minutes through Harvey Livett, who pulled off a clever interception and ran almost the length of the field, grounding the ball towards the left of the sticks and leaving Hastings sprawled on the field.

Livett missed the conversion but did add another two to Salford’s lead four minutes later after Salford opted to take the two after they were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks.

Five minutes later however, Brad Singleton put Wigan on the scoreboard, stretching out to ground the ball in front of the Salford fans.

Salford took the lead again in the 25th minute through Jack Wells, who powered through the middle of the Wigan line to score his first try for the Red Devils just seconds after coming on.

Four minutes before the break, Harry Smith broke the line down the right, cut back in towards the centre and fed Farrell to ground the ball down the left. A missed conversion from the Warriors followed by another successful Salford penalty goal from Livett, gave the Red Devils a four-point cushion at the break.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils 14-10 Wigan Warriors

It took until just before the hour mark before the scoreline was altered and it was Livett again who converted another penalty goal to extend Salford’s lead.

Singleton doubled his try tally for the afternoon in the 65th minute, powering over to the right of the sticks this time.

Morgan Escare attempted a drop-goal five minutes later which was charged down by Singleton and it was former Red Devil, Hastings, who clinched the victory for the Warriors in the 77th minute after his drop-goal was successful.

Salford welcome Warrington Wolves in Round 8 of the Betfred Super League next Thursday.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 16-17 Wigan Warriors

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Watkins, L;ivett, Williams, Lolohea, Patton, Ikahihifo, Addy, Burke, Lannon, Pauli, Taylor, Atkin, Lussick, Ormondroyd, Wells.

Salford tries: Livett, Wells

Salford goals: Livett (4/5)

Wigan Warriors: French, Manfredi, Shorrocks, Bibby, Hardaker, Smith, Hastings, Singleton, Powell, Havard, Bateman, Farrell, Partington, Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Pearce-Paul.

Wigan tries: Singleton (2/2), Farrell

Referee: James Child

Image credit: Steve McCormick

RED DEVILS IN DEPTH: CASTLEFORD V SALFORD | BETFRED CHALLENGE CUP QUARTER-FINAL

The pain of any loss in a sudden-death cup-tie is bad enough when one side has clearly been the better of the two, but when there is virtually nothing to choose between either of them then it is considerably worse for those on the losing side.  The parity of the two teams in Saturday’s Betfred Challenge Cup Quarter-Final was underlined by the 18-18 draw at the end of eighty minutes, before moving into Golden Point extra time.

To lose in those circumstances is really heart-breaking, and takes so much longer to get over than the average, run-of-the-mill, league game.  For the more neutral-minded general public, however, this must have been the most riveting and enjoyable spectacle – a game balanced on a knife edge, with cut and thrust, thrills and spills, fifty-fifty decisions, an abundance of ifs and buts, the momentum swaying from one side to the other, and the result in doubt right up to that Golden Point drop-goal, one and a half minutes into extra time.

It takes two good teams to make a really good game, but this was a great game which did rugby league a world of good being as it was on national television, and everyone connected with the club can take great pride in our team’s contribution to such an excellent evening’s entertainment.

Not that it looked that way in the early stages, with Salford players really struggling to cope with holding onto possession.  With the ball being lost in the earliest of stages in several sets, it did give the impression that they have not, as yet, fully come to terms with the new laws on ball stealing, which are significantly more relaxed.

As if to make up for this, it was Salford, who, on their first real foray into the Castleford twenty metre area, opened the scoring, when Harvey Livett continued his scoring run by falling onto a loose ball in Castleford’s in-goal area, after having contested against Derrell Olpherts for possession in the air, from Kevin Brown’s high kick.  He also continued his one hundred percent goal kicking record for not only this, but the two subsequent Red Devils’ tries.

Indeed. It was both teams’ ability to cross their opponents’ line, just when it looked as though that was not to happen, which kept spectators on the edge of their lounge seats.  Twice Salford took the lead in the first half only to fall behind for the first time, 18-12, midway through the second half.

It has often been said that it is not how you start it is how you finish, that really matters, and for those who witnessed the Salford onslaught on the Castleford line and defence, in the final quarter, will swear testimony.  The never-say-die Red Devils launched wave after wave of attacks which had the Tigers back-pedalling, and stretched to capacity.  The kicking game, which had been excellent throughout, was now matched by slick, confident handling skills.

Twice Salford players crossed the Tigers’ line, and a further twice kicks into the in-goal area were within inches of bringing about a score, only for each to be ruled out by the combined adjudications of the match officials.  Some will feel some sympathy for the Yorkshire side’s being twice reduced to twelve men, and very briefly eleven, but, in truth, it was as a result of the tremendous pressure under which their whole team was under, which led to their indiscretions.

It has been said that the end-of-set charge-down, from the speedy Paul McShane, was the determining factor in the whole game, but there was possibly an even greater one, which came forty-five seconds before the half-time hooter sounded.  Castleford crossed for an equalising six-pointer, against a tiring defence which failed to number up and snuff out the attack, unlike the magnificent efforts that had nullified the Tigers for so much of the game.

Had Salford retaken the field for the second forty, still six points in the lead, the likelihood of extra time might never have materialised.  And that tiring defence was, one must assume, as a consequence of all the extra tackling forced upon them, as a result of all the aforementioned lost possession, in that opening quarter.

If only the magnificent Lee Mossop’s seventy-ninth minute try had come several minutes earlier by means of one of those near misses, there would have been enough time for the momentum, which they had generated, to take them over for a winning score before the final hooter.  As it was, the break in play, prior to the onset of extra time, served to bring some respite to the beleaguered Castleford side, affording them the opportunity to regroup and also retake the field with a full complement, including the deadly kicking boot of Gareth O’Brien.

It was not to be, sadly, but knowledge of all the neutrals whom they must surely have won round with such a spirited, dedicated, and enthusiastic performance, will enable all Salford supporters to hold their heads high and celebrate their team’s exceptional progress and improvement over the past seven days, which oh so nearly turned the tables on the team which had beaten them last week with much greater comfort.

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

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