MATCH PREVIEW | SALFORD RED DEVILS V HULL FC | SUNDAY 7TH APRIL

Salford Red Devils host Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium, celebrating ‘Salford Health Day’ in partnership with AJ Bell Group.

Last Time out

Salford showed a spirited attacking mentality last Sunday when they came up against Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, with tries from Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Derrell Olpherts and Jackson Hastings.

However, the Red Devils’ defence failed to hold off in the first half resulting in a 24-10 advantage to the home side at half-time.

Despite two tries in the second half of the game from Olpherts and Hastings, Salford fell to a 33-22 defeat leaving them sitting sixth in the table ahead of today’s clash against Hull FC.

Hull FC also suffered a heavy 12-63 home defeat against Warrington Wolves last Friday with their only two tries coming from Albert Kelly and Jordan Lane.

After allowing Warrington’s Blake Austin to score a hat-trick before half-time, Hull conceded 11 tries at full-time with Austin (4, DK), Josh Charnley (3), Tom Lineham (2), Daryl Clark (1) and Ben Murdock Masila (1) all going over and Stefan Ratchford kicking nine conversions.

 

Form

Since their 0-46 victory over Catalan Dragons in early March, Salford have suffered three losses in a row to Castleford Tigers, Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity.

However, the Red Devils have shown a spirited performance in recent games, scoring at least four tries in their past five games.

With Salford and Hull FC sitting at sixth and seventh place in the table at eight points each, both teams will be looking for a reaction in today’s meeting that offers the opportunity for either team to climb up the table.

 

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Gameday

It’ll be all action at the AJ Bell Stadium as today’s game against Hull FC is taking place on ‘Salford Health Day’ in partnership with the AJ Bell Group.

Celebrating his 70thbirthday, Salford legend Steve Nash will make an appearance on the pitch 15-minutes before kick-off, accompanied by some of Salford’s other heroes from 74 and 76.

Half-time entertainment will see an attempt at breaking the record for a mass Tai Chi demonstration, guided by the Wai Yin Tai Chi masters, along with a performance from Salford’s own Red Angels Cheerleaders.

Team News

Today will see the return of Tyrone McCarthy and Ben Nukubuwai, replacing Adam Lawton and Daniel Murray who is out for injury.

Junior Sau has also been named in Ian Watson’s 19-man squad ahead of today’s game against Hull FC.

Squad

Salford: Niall Evalds, Ed Chamberlain, Kris Welham, Junior Sau, Jake Bibby, Rob Lui, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Mark Flanagan, Joey Lussick, Adam Walker, Greg Burke, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nukubuwai, Derrell Olpherts, Jansin Turgot, Krisnan Inu, Jackson Hastings

Hull FC: Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello, Joe Westerman, Sika Manu, Jordan Lane, Mickey Paea, Jack Logan, Jez Litten, Danny Washbrook, Gareth Ellis, Andre Savelio, Connor Wynne