Category: Rugby

Squad | Ian Watson could name two debutants against Wigan

Head Coach Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad for Friday’s trip to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Warriors.
Off-season additions Levy Nzoungou and Gavin Bennion could both be in line to make their competitive debuts for the Red Devils following successful spells on loan.
Club Captain Weller Hauraki returns to the squad alongside another one of the off-season newcomers Ben Nakubuwai who – before last weekend – had played 11 consecutive fixtures in 2018.
Daniel Murray could also be set to return to the team off the back of a new two-year deal with the Club.
Mark Flanagan, Lee Mossop, and Josh Jones are the forwards who miss out while Rob Lui is still recovering from a minor injury picked up in the recent victory over Wakefield.
Niall Evalds is ruled out due to failing a concussion assessment in last weekend’s defeat against St Helens.
Manu Vatuvei and Kriss Brining remained sidelined with the latter due to undergo surgery in the coming days.
The full 19-man squad can be seen below:

Squad | Education Academy’s Sam Bardsley trains with the first team

Salford Red Devils Education Academy’s Sam Bardsley has started training with the first team following an impressive spell with the Academy sides.
Bardsley said: “All the first team lads were really welcoming, and I really enjoyed training with them. It was great to experience what they go through on a day-to-day basis.
“It was quite intense, but I feel like I managed it well and fit in well amongst the group after Head Coach Ian Watson had introduced me to everyone.”
Salford Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “It is important that we give our youngsters the right environment in which to build their career.
“Getting them training in the first team system is the first step in that line of progression.
“Sam is a local talent who has earned his opportunity to train with the first team after impressing with the Salford Red Devils Education Academy over the last few years.”
Bardsley continued: “I just want to stay at Salford Red Devils for as long as possible and continue to grow as a player and learn from the lads in the first team who’ve lots of experience.
“If anybody wants it enough and has the drive to try and break through here at Salford and try and train with the first team there’s no reason they can’t.
“Myself and a few other of the Salford Red Devils Education Academy lads have had the opportunity to train with the first team and hopefully we can make the most of the chance we’ve been given.”

Chairman’s Corner #2 | From first kick to first team

In aiming to create and share a vision for Salford Red Devils as we progress through this new era of shared ownership, it’s important we think about the Club not as a sole entity, but as a part of the local and wider community as a whole. 
With this in mind, the vision I am keen to put forward in my role as Chair of the Club, along with our Board of Directors, is one of operational development.  This is rare on the part of a Board of Directors, as they traditionally have no ‘every day’ say in the things that go on within the running of an organisation.  When putting together a vision, mission statement or ethos, however, I think it’s vitally important that the strategy affects the every day.
My own personal role within the Club is to promote public relations and to improve communications, and for this to happen more effectively, I want to set a pathway.  That pathway starts with the youngest members of our community.  In starting with that demographic, we want to create, develop and promote a clear pathway ‘From First Kick to First Team’, whereby the Club and its partners will provide opportunities for local boys and girls to progress both on and off the pitch with the support of Salford Red Devils.
It is not lost on us that not every young person is going to ‘make it’ at elite or professional level at our (or indeed any) professional sporting club, but what we can certainly do is play a part in ensuring that opportunities, support and resource are provided for young people so that everyone can play sport at the highest level possible for their age and ability.
What our vision also wants to promote is the fact that there are opportunities for those who play at the highest levels within our Club to gain a package of support should their journey in professional sport come to an end for any reason.  This is a problem that is highly prevalent given the statistics of progression in elite sport, and one that causes issues for the young people in question who feel that they have nothing else ‘going’ for them in terms of a life outside of professional sport should they be released from their contracts.
Our aim as a professional Rugby League club is to work with local education providers, councils and local businesses to provide a style of apprenticeship pathway, whereby young people can be engaged in work programmes, vocational education and mentoring in order to develop a solid base of skills and experiences that will improve their future opportunities as they enter adulthood – either whilst still within or having come away from sport.
In bidding for the Women’s World Cup Final in 2021, we want and need to reiterate that this vision is on offer for both boys and girls, young men and young women; and such opportunity for girls and women is one that is an obligation we take seriously here in our position as a Super League Club.
As a club, Salford Red Devils currently have no Salford born players on our books, and whilst this is disappointing out on the pitch, it’s equally disappointing up in the stands.  This is because local players will attract their families, their friends and local people who are all keen – and even delighted – to get behind to the ‘local lad’ they’ve seen grow up in their lives and communities.  Our vision looks at players of the future, but we also need to appreciate the effect this will have on fans of the future as well.  Via the First Kick to First Team vision, we will have the largest scope possible to find, nurture and develop homegrown players that our community – as well as our Club – can be rightfully proud of.

Stat Pack | Salford Red Devils 10-60 St Helens

Salford Red Devils fell to defeat against St Helens last night and we take a look at the stats behind the result in this week’s ‘Stat Pack’. 
Logan Tomkins 
This week’s ‘Player in Focus’ is Logan Tomkins who spent two separate spells on the field in defeat against St Helens interchanging with fellow hooker Josh Wood.
Tomkins was Salford’s busiest man in defence making 46 tackles – nine more than any other Red Devil. Logan finished the evening with a 96% tackle rate which put him behind only George Griffin and Jack Littlejohn.
At hooker, Tomkins made more passes than any of his teammates with 72 attempted throughout the game. Tomkins also made four carries from acting half-back winning 21 metres. 
Overall stats
Saints controlled the majority of the game which was evident in the stats following the final whistle.
The visitors spent ten minutes more than Salford in possession, completed ten more sets and having around 40 more play-the-balls. While the Red Devils did a lot of defending, Saints managed to limit there’s making around 90 less tackles.
Salford managed to rack up 829 metres in total, forced four clean breaks and made three offloads on Thursday night.
Salford spent large periods of the game defending with the majority of the Red Devils forwards racking up 20+ tackles. Ryan Lannon – who has returned to the side in recent weeks – clocked off at 37 tackles and was closely followed by George Griffin with 33.
Luke Burgess, Mark Flanagan, Craig Kopczak, Lama Tasi and Tyrone McCarthy all found themselves with 20+ defensive efforts throughout the game. Kris Welham was the only back to rack up over 20 tackles finishing the evening with 23.
As mentioned, Logan Tomkins amounted 46 tackles – more than any other player on the field.

Three Talking Points | Salford Red Devils 10-60 St Helens

Following last night’s defeat against St Helens we take a look at three talking points from the game.
Red card
Matty Lees saw himself dismissed in the closing stages of the first half for a swinging arm which caught Niall Evalds flush on the chin in contact. The impact forced the full-back to drop the ball which led to a Saints opportunity which video referee Ben Thaler ruled out.
Referee Chris Kendall sent Lees from the field for the challenge which could have signalled a Salford fightback however St Helens didn’t miss a beat and continued in the same vein for the remaining 43 minutes.
Returning players
The Red Devils have been hit with a handful of injuries in recent weeks but forward duo Lama Tasi and Lee Mossop both returned last night.
While it was a tough evening for the forwards against a strong St Helens pack it was good to see two of Salford’s standout performers this season back on the field ahead of a crucial run of games in the coming weeks.
Jake Shorrocks
Half-back Jake Shorrocks – who has extended his stay with the Red Devils for another month – featured for the second time since joining Salford.
Shorrocks began the game in the halves on a difficult evening which didn’t see Salford with ball in hand for large periods. However, the youngster took the ball to the Saints line well and was always looking for openings.
The 22-year-old moved to full-back following Niall Evalds’ forced departure due to concussion and showed his versatility slotting into the attacking line at speed when the Red Devils went forward.

Match Report | Salford Red Devils 10-60 St Helens

Ben Barba claimed a hat-trick as Salford Red Devils fell to a 10-60 home defeat at the hands of Betfred Super League leaders St Helens on a disappointing evening at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Alongside Barba’s treble, Ryan Morgan and Regan Grace each claimed a brace apiece whilst Tommy Makinson, Dominique Peyroux, Mark Percival and Theo Fages also crossed to secure a comfortable triumph for Justin Holbrook’s side.
Salford headed into the contest on the back of successive victories, but they made the worst start possible when Junior Sa’u gifted the visitors possession through an incorrect play-the-ball. The following play resulted in a try as Tommy Makinson latched onto the end of Ben Barba’s defence-splitting pass and emphatically finished in the right-hand corner with just four minutes on the clock.
Daniel Richardson was unable to add the extras but Saints did extend their lead soon after –  Richardson’s looping kick caused mayhem amongst the Salford backline and the lively Makinson caught the high ball before finding the onrushing Dominique Peyroux who crossed over unchallenged.
On this occasion Richardson managed to convert the resulting goal and Justin Holbrook’s men were in again a minute later as Regan Grace broke down the left-hand side before flicking the ball infield to Ben Barba who slid over under the sticks despite the best efforts of Jake Bibby – Richardson again added the extras.
St Helens were running riot by this point and found themselves over again seven minutes later as Ryan Morgan fought off a number of Salford challenges before powering over from close-range before Richardson duly added the extras.
Salford regrouped and eventually clawed their way back into the contest as Tyrone McCarthy picked up a short ball from Logan Tomkins and touched down under the posts after bursting through a gap in the Saints line.
Jake Shorrocks successfully landed the subsequent conversion but the Red Devils almost conceded yet another Saints try – though Jonny Lomax was adjudged to have knocked the ball on by referee Chris Kendall.
The visitors weren’t to be denied for long however, Barba intercepted an offload from Josh Wood before racing 90m and crossing over for a spectacular individual effort – Richardson then landed the conversion to further increase the margin between the two sides.
Saints crossed over again when Peyroux touched down but the score was chalked off as Matty Lees was sent off after striking Niall Evalds’ head in the build-up.
However, St Helens were to have the last laugh as Regan Grace finished off a well worked move in the corner in what proved to be the final action of the half.
After the interval, the Welshman picked up where he left off and finished well in the left-hand corner following an enticing cross-field pass from Barba – Richardson added the extras.
The table toppers showed no misery towards the Reds and crossed over again moments later as Mark Percival finished off a break down the left before Barba grabbed his hat-trick with a simple finish under the sticks.
Salford were reduced to 12 men when Sa’u and St Helens lost a man of their own, albeit through injury as Barba was stretchered off after a nasty collision.
Theo Fages returned to haunt the Red Devils after his dummy deceived the Salford backline and allowed the Frenchman to touch down before Morgan touched down to secure his second of the evening.
Salford had the final say however as Kris Welham latched onto Shorrock’s grubber kick to claim a late consolation for Ian Watson’s side.
Salford Lineup: Evalds, Johnson, Sa’u, Welham, Bibby, Shorrocks, Littlejohn, Mossop, Tomkins, Burgess, Griffin, Lannon, Flanagan.  Interchanges: Wood, Kopczak, Tasi, McCarthy.
St Helens Lineup: Barba, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Richardson, Amor, Smith, Thompson, Peyroux, Taia, Wilkin. Interchanges: Fages, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lees, Knowles.
Salford Scorers: Tries- McCarthy (28’), Welham (79’) | Goals-  Shorrocks (28’).
St Helens Scorers: Tries- Makinson (4’), Peyroux (15’), Barba (16’, 35’, 60’), Morgan (23’, 77’), Grace (39’, 54’), Percival (56’), Fages (74’)  | Goals- Richardson (15’, 16’, 23’, 36’, 55’, 57’, 61’, 75’, 78’).
Man of the Match: Logan Tomkins.
Referee: Chris Kendall. Touch Judges: Liam Moore & James Child. Video Referee: Ben Thaler.

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup | Salford to face Leigh on Friday 11th May

Salford Red Devils can confirm that our Sixth Round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village will be played on Friday 11th May, 7:35pm kick-off.
The game has been selected as a television game by Sky Sports. The full list of television games is as follows:
Thursday, May 10 – Featherstone Rovers vs Hull FC  (7:35, Sky Sports)
Friday, May 11 – Leigh Centurions vs Salford Red Devils (7:35, Sky Sports)
Saturday, May 12 – Castleford Tigers v St Helens (2.30, BBC One)
Sunday, May 13 – Toronto Wolfpack v Warrington Wolves (3.30pm, BBC Two)
Last season the Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the competition with victories over Toronto Wolfpack, Hull Kingston Rovers, Wakefield Trinity before falling to Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Ticket and coach details will be confirmed in due course.
The full Sixth Round draw is as follows:

Matchday information | Salford Red Devils vs St Helens | Thursday 26th April

Ahead of tonight’s Betfred Super League tie with St Helens here is all the key gameday information, kick-off 19:45pm.
Supporters can purchase tickets for tonight’s Betfred Super League clash with St Helens from the Club Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570.
Following full-time the Club Ticket Office will be open to sell tickets for a range of our upcoming fixtures. Tickets for our next home game against Huddersfield Giants on Friday 25th May will be available to purchase from the Club Ticket Office. Details here.
Tickets for our next Betfred Super League game against Wigan Warriors on Friday 4th May are also available from the Club Ticket Office. Coach travel for this game is also available to book at the Club Ticket Office. Details here.
Fans can also purchase tickets for our Dacia Magic Weekend fixture against Catalans Dragons on Sunday 20th May, 1pm kick-off. There are a wide range of tickets available for Magic Weekend with all the details here. You can also book coach travel for this game at the Club Ticket Office with all details here.
Supporters can also upgrade to the 1873 Suite for the game by paying the difference between their regular ticket price and the 1873 prices. All details here.
The visiting St Helens fans will be situated in the East Stand for tonight’s game with the North Stand Ticket Office being open for Saints fans to purchase on the night.
Salford Red Devils supporters will be in the West and South stands.
The AJ Bell Stadium smoking pens will also once again be in use opening ten mintues before half-time and closing as the second half kicks-off. The smoking pens are situated in the North-West corner, North-East corner and behind the East Stand.
All bags will be searched on entry to the AJ Bell Stadium. Fans are reminded that children are their responsibility and must remain with them at all times.
Car Park and Transport 
The Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust RD1 service will again be in use and fans can see all the details on how to book here. There will also be a one-way option for fans on the way back from the AJ Bell Stadium all details here.
Local taxi firm 1010 taxis will also be offering 10% off taxis to and from the AJ Bell Stadium for tonight’s game.
Car park places are available for tonight’s game and are priced at £6 per car.
Irlam Live are running a competition which will see one lucky fan win tickets to the Irlam Live two-day festival. All you need to do is like the Irlam Live Facebook page and post a picture on the page of you at tonight’s game to be in with the chance of winning.
Our matchday Nandos offers are still available at The Chill Factor with Season Ticket and matchday ticket holders getting a 10% discount at the venue throughout gameday.
Both the Platinum Suite and 1873 will be open from 5:30pm and food will be served around 6:30pm in the Platinum Suite. Seasonal members will be asked to produce their coloured lanyards while people with a match ticket will need to be wristbanded at Reception.
Regular compere Archie Kelly – known for his comedic portrayal of Kenny Dalglish Senior in the award-winning Phoenix Nights – will be hosting the Platinum Suite.
We will raffle off Weller Hauraki’s signed 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup playing shirt in the 1873 and Platinum Suite’s this evening. You can purchase tickets from our hostesses in both suites. If you want the chance to win this fantastic prize upgrade your ticket to 1873 prior the game.
Fan Areas
The Fans Bar and Fans Marquee will be open from 5:30pm. DJ Andy Steele will be performing in the Fans Marquee and the Salford RLFC Supporters’ Trust will have a table set-up to take memberships.
The Club Shop  
The pop-up Steeden shop will once again be in the Fans Bar to purchase the latest Salford Red Devils merchandise.
Fans are reminded if they are coming to exchange an item to do so with plenty of time.
Salford Red Devils Foundation
The Salford Schools Finals will be taking place on the outside training pitch prior to tonight’s game with the opening fixture set to kick-off at 5:30pm.
The first game is the Year 10 final which will see Ambrose Barlow compete against the East Manchester Academy. Ambrose Barlow are also in the Year 11 final and will take on Walkden High School. Entry onto the outside field is £1 with all the proceeds going to the Salford schools.
Salford Red Devils Foundation will also be running activity session on the 3G pitch while Salford City Roosters and Cadishead Rhinos community clubs will also be present. Tonight’s bucket collection will be for local community club – Langworthy Reds.
There will also be a face painter in the Fans Marquee and the community clubs will be mascots and flag wavers prior to the game.
Pre-match and half-time activity
The Salford Red Angels Dance Team will be performing before the game and at half-time so cheer them on.
There will also be some community club matches on the field at half-time as arranged by the Salford Red Devils Foundation.
The Red Devil and half-time draw
This week’s issue of ‘The Red Devil’ will be on sale from our programme sellers and is priced at £3. This week’s edition sees the big interview with George Griffin, meet the team with Head Physio Rob Artingstall, the latest from Ian Watson, Weller Hauraki, Andrew Rosler and much more.
Half-time draw tickets will also be available from in and around the ground.

Squad | Devils Tie Up Deal For Murray

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce that highly-rated forward Daniel Murray has agreed a new two-year contract to stay at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Red Devils Director of Rugby and Operations Ian Blease said: “Several clubs had shown keen interest in Daniel and I think a couple of them thought they had a got a deal over the line, but we are delighted he has chosen to continue to develop his Super League career at Salford.
“Daniel’s is a player that is very highly-rated by myself and our coaching staff and undoubtedly one of the most promising young forward talents in the English game. He has shown a great deal of patience and willingness to and has handled these negotiations in a professional manner and we thank him for that.”
Murray was equally delighted to continue his career at the Red Devils and said: “I wanted to stay because I see my career progressing the way I want it to progress. Salford have been a credit to that. The way I have developed over two years has been perfect.
“Going forward I want to achieve a regular starting position and establish myself as a forward here.  Over last two weeks this has been the Salford we want Salford. It is about kicking on now and getting what we want to achieve in 2018.
“Thanks to the fans who come week in week out supporting the team, win, draw or lose. They are a credit to themselves and they are the reason I have decided to stay and develop here.”
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “We are really happy we have got Daniel Murray over the line. He was becoming a hot property within the game, where clubs were showing a lot of interest in acquiring his services.
“He’s a great lad and with how he’s developed over the last couple of years I think it shows the progress of Daniel and Salford.
“We picked him up two years ago having been released from Warrington and his work ethic and attitude have been first class. He is willing to listen and learn and his performances over the last couple of seasons have shown everybody the potential he has, and I’m sure he will be a Super League player for a long, long time and this new contract is a reward for his work ethic.”

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup | Salford Red Devils will travel to Leigh Centurions

This morning it was confirmed that Salford Red Devils will face Leigh Centurions in Round Six of the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
The tie will take place at the Leigh Sports Village on the weekend of the 12th/13th May with a date being confirmed in due course once the games for television have been selected.
Ticket details will also be confirmed in due course.
The full draw is as follows: