Category: Rugby

SQUAD NAMED FOR CORAL CHALLENGE CUP FINAL

Salford Red Devils head coach Ian Watson has named his 21-man squad, ahead of Saturday’s Coral Challenge Cup Final.
There have been a number of changes from the side which took to the field in the Betfred Super League this week, with Niall Evalds set to make his return from injury.
Dan Sarginson and Jack Ormondroyd are unavailable for selection, after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, with both players self-isolating.
Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to give a massive show of gratitude to Sarginson and Ormondroyd, for their tremendous contributions throughout the season, which have helped the team progress through to the Coral Challenge Cup Final.
The Club have continued to be in close communication with the players throughout their self-isolation. Both have shown exceptional professionalism and support for their teammates throughout the testing process.
All other players have returned negative results, following multiple round of testing.
The full 21-man squad is listed below:

“We want to win it” – Lee Mossop

Salford Red Devils captain Lee Mossop has reaffirmed head coach Ian Watson’s belief that Salford can bring home the Coral Challenge Cup.
The Red Devils forward featured in the Coral Challenge Cup Semi-Final victory over Warrington Wolves and is hoping that Salford can finish the season on a high, with only Leeds Rhinos in the way of them clinching silverware.
Mossop said: “Potentially finishing the season with some silverware is massive for us as a team.
“We’re getting rewarded for the hard work we’ve put in. We’ve spoken about changing people’s perceptions of us as a club – we didn’t just want to be a flash in the pan when we got to the Grand Final last year. We want to build every single year.”


The 31-year-old will hope that his side can cement themselves as a competitive outfit by winning the Coral Challenge Cup, one year on from the Grand Final defeat to St Helens at Old Trafford.
“To lose any final is devastating and it does stay with you for a good while,” said Mossop.
“We’re not happy to just be taking part and being in a final. We want to win it, and if we’re going to change people’s perceptions of us as a team then we need to start winning these big games.”
Despite being one of the more senior players at the club, Mossop is still just as hungry to win every game.
“I’m captain now at the club, which means so much to me and my family. The ticker still works the same, I still want to win every game and win every challenge I come up against.
“To play in that Challenge Cup Final, and to lift that trophy for the Salford fans who’ve had to wait that long would be absolutely massive for me.”
Supporters can hear more from Mossop HERE on RDTV.

LEE MOSSOP & MARK FLANAGAN CLEARED FOR CUP FINAL

Lee Mossop and Mark Flanagan will be available to represent Salford Red Devils in the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday.
After receiving inconclusive Covid-19 test results earlier this week, Salford Red Devils are pleased to confirm that both players’ retests have returned negative.
This means that both players will now be able to return to training.
It was announced yesterday that two players received positive results, and they have continued to self-isolate.

MATCH REPORT | HULL KR 24-22 SALFORD RED DEVILS | TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

A ten-point haul from Ed Chamberlain was not enough prevent Salford Red Devils being edged out in the final minute of their Betfred Super League match against Hull Kingston Rovers.
The Red Devils came from behind four times to level the scoring, but Rovers did just enough to overcome a Red Devils side missing key players, ahead of the Coral Challenge Cup Final this weekend.
Ian Watson’s men had chances to make it six wins on the bounce in all competitions, with Connor Jones and Olly Ashall-Bott both claiming their first tries for the Club.
Mikey Lewis opened the scoring in the 17th minute after Kane Linnett broke the Salford line and fed him the ball to slide over to the left of the sticks.
Salford responded in the 24th minute, with Chris Atkin setting up Jones to stroll over after some quality passing down the line from the Red Devils.
Four minutes from the break it was Linnett causing problems for Salford again. This time he teed up Ben Crooks down the left wing, to put Rovers back in front.
Halftime: Hull Kingston Rovers 12-6 Salford Red Devils
Watson’s men started the second forty better than they did the first, levelling the score again in the 45th minute thanks to some neat footwork from Luke Yates, who got the better of a handful of Rovers players to slide in under the sticks.
Just after the hour mark, Rovers went ahead again. They were awarded a penalty try after Lewis was pushed away from getting onto the end of a Jordan Abdull grubber-kick by Ashall-Bott.
But Salford’s number 34 made up for his mistake four minutes later, skipping through the Rovers defence and grounding the ball to score his first Salford try in style.
It took only two minutes for Hull to go back in front however. This time it was Abdull who went over down the right.


Five minutes from time, Ashall-Bott sent a looping pass out wide to Chamberlain, who dived spectacularly to ground the ball and even it out once again.
The match looked set for golden point, but it was a high tackle from Pauli-Pauli on Matt Parcell in the 79th minute that decided the game. Jamie Ellis kicked between the posts to secure his side the win.
Salford supporters can hear the post-match thoughts of head coach Ian Watson HERE on RDTV.
Fulltime: Hull Kingston Rovers 24-22 Salford Red Devils
Hull KR: Lewis, Crooks, Linnett, Abdull, Kenny-Dowall, Ellis, Brierley, Mulhern, Minchella, W. Maher, Hauraki, Hadley, Garbutt, Parcell, Lawler, Trout, Gee.
Salford Red Devils: Ashall-Bott, Chamberlain, C. Jones, Kear, L. Roberts, Gilmore, Atkin, Ikahihifo, Ackers, O. Roberts, Lannon, McCarthy, Burke, Aspey, Yates, Inu, Pauli.
Hull KR tries: Lewis (2), Crooks, Abdull
Hull KR goals: Ellis (4/5)
Salford tries: Jones, Yates, Ashall-Bott, Chamberlain
Salford goals: Chamberlain (3/4)
Referee: James Child
Image Credit: Steve McCormick
 
 

TEST RESULTS UPDATE

Salford Red Devils have had two rounds of routine Covid-19 testing since last Thursday’s Betfred Super League match against Huddersfield Giants.
The results of the second round of testing were received this morning. Two players have tested positive, and have been required to self-isolate.
The results of a further two players were inconclusive – they are also self-isolating as a precaution, ahead of further information being received.
A further eight players have been ruled out of today’s match through injury, but the decision has been taken to honour the fixture, in order to preserve the integrity of the competition.
Training sessions were cancelled on both Sunday and Monday as a precautionary measure, meaning no additional players are impacted.

BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE FIXTURES – ROUNDS 18 & 19

Betfred Super League can announce the fixture schedule for the remainder of October.
Sky Sports will be showing six matches across Rounds 18 and 19 and will make footage available so season ticket holders can watch every fixture via the Our League app.
Salford Red Devils will face St Helens on Monday 26 October and Warrington Wolves on Friday 30 October.
Wakefield Trinity v Hull KR in Round 18 and Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers in Round 19 will be played at the home teams’ grounds.
Trinity’s fixture against Leeds Rhinos on November 1, the re-arranged Round 11 fixture, is also at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
The timing of the matches outside those being shown on Sky Sports have been made at Super League’s request.
Please note that season ticket holders’ existing Our League codes will be valid.
ROUND 18
SUNDAY 25 October
Wakefield Trinity v Hull KR, Mobile Rocket Stadium – 1400 (Our League)
MONDAY 26 October
Catalans Dragons v Warrington Wolves, Stade Gilbert Brutus – 1815 (local time, Our League)
Salford Red Devils v St Helens, Emerald Headingley – 1730 (Sky Sports & Our League)
Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers, Emerald Headingley – 1945 (Sky Sports & Our League)
ROUND 19
THURSDAY 29 October
Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity, Totally Wicked Stadium – 1730 (Sky Sports & Our League)
Hull KR v Hull FC, Totally Wicked Stadium – 1945 (Sky Sports & Our League)
FRIDAY 30 October
Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils, Totally Wicked Stadium – 1730 (Sky Sports & Our League)
St Helens v Wigan Warriors, Totally Wicked Stadium – 1945 (Sky Sports & Our League)
Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers, John Smith’s Stadium – 1730 (Our League)
SUNDAY 1 November
Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos, Mobile Rocket Stadium – 1400 (Our League)

Liam Moore to referee Final

Liam Moore has been appointed to referee next Saturday’s Coral Challenge Cup Final between Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils at Wembley Stadium.
It will be Moore’s first major Final since he joined the RFL’s Grade One list of Match Officials in 2016. He moved into the Full-Time squad the following year at the age of 21 – and at 25, he is thought to be one of the youngest referees to take charge of the Challenge Cup Final, if not the youngest.
Despite his relative youth, this will not be Moore’s first time refereeing at Wembley – he took charge of the traditional Champion Schools curtain-raiser in 2013, at the age of 18.
Tom Grant and Jack Smith will be the Touch Judges; Ben Thaler has been appointed Video Referee; and Chris Kendall will be Reserve Referee, with Cameron Worsley the Reserve Touch Judge.
Tony Brown will be the Match Commissioner, Liam Rush will be the standby Match Official, and it is thought that Aileen Mills will make further history, as the first female Timekeeper at a Challenge Cup Final.


Dave Rotheram, the RFL’s Chief On-Field Officer, said: “Congratulations to Liam Moore for being appointed to referee his first Challenge Cup Final, and to all the other officials who have been appointed for Wembley.
“It was not an easy decision, given the high quality of performance by our officials in what has been an especially difficult season.
“Liam deserves this opportunity for the consistency he has shown since the restart of the season in August.
“After Chris Kendall’s appointment for the Betfred Super League Grand Final and international fixtures last autumn, it is encouraging to have a growing pool of officials who are pushing for recognition in the game’s showpiece occasions.”
Appointments for this week’s Betfred Super League fixtures will be confirmed on Monday.
Salford Red Devils supporters can hear the thoughts of Lee Mossop and Kallum Watkins ahead of the Coral Challenge Cup Final on RDTV.
 
Match Official appointments, Coral Challenge Cup Final, Saturday October 17 – Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils
Referee: Liam Moore
Touch Judges: Tom Grant, Jack Smith
Video Referee: Ben Thaler
Reserve Referee: Chris Kendall
Reserve Touch Judge: Cameron Worsley
Match Commissioner: Tony Brown
Standby Official: Liam Rush
Time Keeper: Aileen Mills

SALFORD & WALES AGREE PARTNERSHIP

Salford Red Devils have agreed a groundbreaking strategic partnership agreement with Wales Rugby League, which will focus on the provision of a player talent pathway and coach development.
The Wales Rugby League National Development Academy in partnership with Salford Red Devils will be the only RFL accredited Development Academy in Wales and will look to continue the illustrious history of Welsh talent in the Salford ranks, which dates back to 1896 and spans across 147 players.
Salford Red Devils director of rugby & operations Ian Blease said: “I am really excited about forming this partnership with the Welsh RL and Coleg Y Cymoedd in the heartlands of Wales.
“Within its history, Salford Red Devils has given some fine welsh players a chance to show their skills at the elite level and they have made a profound impression upon our club.
“I have been fortunate to play alongside a few of them along the way and they are now friends for life.
“This new partnership puts our club at the forefront of recruiting players across Wales and my thanks go to Gareth Kear, Mark Jones, Paul Trainor & Neil Blackburn for their work towards this agreement
“For the first time in a long time, we are now recruiting a Rugby Development Coach who will be embed within our rugby pathway for Coleg Y Cymoedd in Wales and will hopefully breed and unearth the talent for our club and that has been coming through into rugby league for many years now.
“This is an exciting time for our club and another big step towards our vision of creating a legacy within our rugby strategy, which Salford Red Devils will be proud of for years to come.”
The approach to player development in Wales aligns perfectly with the ethos and culture at Salford, where great importance is placed upon personal character and educational development, as well as focus physical ability and rugby league specific skillsets.
I addition to providing the best young Welsh players a potential route to Super League, with the opportunity to progress through the Salford Red Devils player pathway programme, the club will also provide support and professional development to coaches. Focus in this area will particularly target the Wales Rugby League National Development Academy.
Gareth Kear, Wales Rugby League CEO said: “This is the perfect partnership in terms of history, geographic location and most importantly our joint values of inclusion, diversity and equality.
“Together we will work to identify and develop the rich source of rugby league talent that has always existed in Wales, as well as providing outreach projects in deprived areas to make our sport accessible to all.”
Head of rugby league at Coleg Y Cymoedd, Mark Jones, added: “Coleg Cymoedd are very excited to become an official partner with Salford Red Devils.
“We are very impressed with the work Salford are doing with their development pathways and Foundation.
“After numerous meetings with Ian Blease and Paul Trainor, it was evident that we all held the same beliefs and ethos towards the development of young players. With Salford Red Devils’ history of signing Welsh players, the partnership is a natural fit for Coleg y Cymoedd and the WRL National Development Academy which is based at Ystrad Mynach.
“We are the only college in Wales that offers a full time rugby league programme alongside a student’s education and Welsh players will now have a direct pathway to achieve their dreams of playing Super League.”
For more information on the Wales Rugby League National Development Academy, please email mark.jones01@cymoedd.ac.uk, or call Mark Jones on 07886 654933.

MATCH REPORT | HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 16-24 SALFORD RED DEVILS | THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER

A second-half hat-trick from Krisnan Inu helped Salford Red Devils record a fifth consecutive victory, as they saw off an in-form Huddersfield Giants side.

Chris Atkin claimed the other Red Devils try, while Inu’s contribution with the boot was also crucial.

The Giants had started impressiveley, with Aidan Sezer and Lee Gaskell combining to send Leroy Cudjoe over for the opener, before some clever footwork from Sezer saw him increase the lead.
The Red Devils hit-back in the 29th minute, when Atkin once again proved how alert he is to the opportunity of an interception and picked off a pass from Darnell McIntosh, to race in from 50 metres.
Inu opened his account with the conversion and added a penalty on the stroke of half-time, meaning the gap was just four points at the break.

Halftime: Huddersfield Giants 12-8 Salford Red Devils
The Red Devils were in front within ten minutes of the restart. Tui Lolohea moved the ball wide to the left flank, allowing Inu to go over on an overlap and convert his own try to take the lead.
Inu was in again in the 59th minute, when he powered over the top of Jermaine McGillvary to claim his second try, but eight minutes later Sezer hit-back for the Giants.
Momentum then returned to Salford however, as Inu strolled over to complete his hat-trick.
Salford now have just one match to play before the Coral Challenge Cup Final. Click HERE to hear the post-match thoughts of Ian Watson on RDTV.
Fulltime: Huddersfield Giants 16-24 Salford Red Devils
Salford: Sarginson, Williams, Watkins, Welham, Inu, Lolohea, Atkin, Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Lannon, Greenwood, Yates, Ackers, Pauli, Burke, Ormondroyd.
Huddersfield: Golding, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Jake Wardle, McIntosh, Gaskell, Sezer, Hewitt, Holmes, Matagi, Edwards, McQueen, Lawrence. Russell, Joe Wardle, Trout, Gavet.
Huddersfield Tries: Cudjoe, Sezer (2)
Huddersfield Goals: Sezer (2/3)
Salford Tries: Atkin, Inu (3)
Salford Goals: Inu (4/5)
Image Credit: Steve McCormick

CLUB STATEMENT – SUPPORTERS ON FINAL DAY

Salford Red Devils are extremely disappointed that supporters will not be in attendance at the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final, as a result of the current Government restrictions.

This celebration will be an important event for our community and it is certain that the city will be cheering on the team from home.

The Club made a number of proposals to the Safety Advisory Group (SAG), to hold an alternative screening event for supporters, based at the AJ Bell Stadium. Each recognised the relevant social distancing guidelines, but unfortunately have been rejected.

Greater Manchester is currently under tighter restrictions than many other parts of the country and it is therefore our responsibility to abide by these decisions and act in the best interest of our community. Salford Red Devils ask that all supporters do the same and arrange to watch the final in a safe environment, obeying all Government guidelines.

The dedication of the Club’s supporters has been outstanding throughout this period and is highly appreciated by all players and staff. It will be an emotional day when we are all able to gather together at the AJ Bell Stadium once again.